Title – The Longest Ride (2015)
Director – George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor)
Cast – Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin
Plot – Young couple Luke (Eastwood) and Sophia (Robertson) find themselves enthralled in the love story of an old man Ira (Alda) who they rescued from a car accident, a love story that shares parallels with their own budding romance.
“I don’t know what the future holds but I know there is no future without you”
Review by Eddie on 8/02/2016
Filled with more cheese and sap than a full season of Days of our Lives, The Longest Ride wears its Hallmark like heart on its cowboy sleeve and never once tries to hide it but for a film that so easily could’ve been too mawkish to take, it ends up being a likeable, watchable and most importantly smile inducing effort.
As a word of warning, anyone that has found Nicholas Sparks adaptations like The Notebook, A Walk to Remember or Nights at Rodanthe unbearable then stay as far away as possible from Ride as like those films it features impossibly cute couples being in love like only novels and movies can portray and with this film you don’t just get one love story, you get two. Talk about great value!
This two pronged element is quite likely the main reason Ride never becomes too unbearable and at 2 hours in length it could’ve easily become that but experienced director George Tillman Jr. handles both the modern day story of bull rider Luke Collins and art loving college student Sophia and also the told via flashback story of Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston’s Ira and Oona Chaplin’s Ruth in a way that the film never gets to bogged down in either story mode and the audience is able to enjoy their time spent with these love birds before they start to get annoying, whether it be Britt Robertson’s OTT laugh or Oona Chaplin’s off putting accent.
Like all Sparks adaptations before it and likely after it, Ride finds young attractive couples to take centre stage here and while the chemistry of both Eastwood and Robertson and then Huston and Chaplin isn’t at a Notebook like level they all share an easy to like persona which helps these slightly unbelievable characters feel a little more real. The most interesting of these is Eastwood’s Luke, while his like a fairy-tale cowboy Luke isn’t your typical male lead and while he has a long way to go Clint Eastwood Jr shows enough to suggest a career as a leading man like his father isn’t out of the equation.
A slight bit more cheerful than your average Sparks story thanks to an almost groan inducing ending, The Longest Ride is a romantic tale that thankfully boyfriends, partners and husbands the world over can watch with their better halves and enjoy rather than count down the minutes until the pain is over.
3 full faced Richard Harrow’s out of 5