Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Length and Rating: 139 min PG-13
“The Longest Ride” is the latest Nicholas Sparks bestselling book that has been transformed to the big screen. The beginning of the film introduces us to Luke, played by Scott Eastwood (Fury), who is a world ranked bull rider trying to become the best in the world. One person who could cause a hiccup on his plan is college senior Sophia, Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome), an art major that is beginning to start her professional life in the museum industry. It’s the typical “people from different worlds” story, until it isn’t. The movie is given another layer when the characters are introduced to Ira, Alan Alda (The West Wing, M*A*S*H), who they save from his crashed car after their first date.
It is after this initial meeting that they couples’ stories intertwined, from Luke and Sophia trying to figure out how their differences could manage a future together to Ira, who is widowed, reflecting on his decades long marriage and the difficulties him and his wife faced while he was in the war and the events that preceded it.
If you are expecting this film to be the next Notebook or Walk to Remember than you will be disappointed. But that does not mean it is not without merit. It seems like Nicholas Sparks books-turned-movies are being shot out so frequently now that it can be hard to keep track of them all, or even differentiate them. But this film is a great addition to the group and does not have a high of kill count as other Sparks movies.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “We shared the longest ride together, this thing called life, and mine has been filled with joy because of you.” – Ira (Alan Alda)