Happy Valentine’s Day!
We’re wrapping up Valentine’s Marathon with The Longest Ride, released last year for another Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation. Its been a while that I’ve been hopeful about a Nicholas Sparks movie but Britt Robertson is in this one. I love her so much and she has so much potential. She’s been in a ton of stuff that I love from movies to TV series. I have yet to watch Tomorrowland but I’m pretty excited to watch Britt Robertson, especially when its opposite the very handsome Scott Eastwood.
Let’s check it out! 🙂
The Longest Ride (2015)
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Cast: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist, Elea Oboron
The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.-IMDB
Hey! Old and young couples again? Seems like Nicholas Sparks is following a pattern and keeping his formulaic way. I kind of should have waited to see this movie before saying that The Best of Me wasn’t pretty good. The Longest Ride is one of the best Nicholas Sparks movies to me. Right from the get go, I loved the characters. The main ones, the supporting, the relationships, even the young and old contrast and the lovey-dovey message it sends. For once, its not the typical ending you’d expect and I really like that. Plus, the whole scenario of North Carolina and professional bull fighting, especially Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. Can I just say how handsome Scott Eastwood is and I was a little worried that he wouldn’t be a good actor but I’d say that he is pretty good. Before I start talking about the characters, I loved the whole country music soundtrack going on.
At this point, I guess you’ve all been determined that I’m just a total sappy romance person. Even I’m going to admit it straight out and just own it. The Longest Ride is nothing innovative and its predictable and formulaic. Like I said with all the Nicholas Sparks adaptations, I know they are. I’m not even going to argue. I’m not sure its just accepting those parallels in the old and young couple anymore but there were some things I wasn’t quite on board with for this one. If anything, I felt much more connected to Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood’s Sophia and Luke’s relationship more than the older couple, told by the old man Ira (played by Alan Alda) about his love with his wife when he was young and the sacrifices they had to make that was worth it to them. But, Ira and Sophia’s relationship of reading the letters and getting to really connect and teach her about love just like Luke’s relationship with his mom was one that I thought was a good addition to the story.
The Longest Ride feels very different from the last few adaptations that has been released. Its more natural love. Its not manipulative at all in comparison. The message is clear and the twist is finally one that enforces that its not trying to manipulate its audience. Romantic dramas work because of how their characters carry their roles and everyone here does pretty great. Britt Robertson was fantastic as she always was. Young love and awkward, not knowing how to proceed but being deeply in love, believing they could fight through the obstacles, feeling torn and heartbroken: she portrays all that. I think I connected with her character right away. Then comes Scott Eastwood who just kicks all the other handsome suitors that Nicholas Sparks has ever brought to life and pulls on a great performance as a professional bull fighter and not really being about to let go when he should, and learning what is important to him. Sure, its sappy that love is the center of your life and its the rest of the your life and all that stuff but when I fall in love, I feel that way. So, I can relate and I genuinely felt their heartbreak when they hit that unavoidable movie trope bump in the road.
Overall, The Longest Ride is possibly my second favorite Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation. Nothing can quite beat A Walk to Remember still but it comes pretty close. I was getting all teary and heartbroken and happy when these emotions were asked for. They came naturally right from the beginning. Its something that actually doesn’t happen too frequently early in these adaptations. Most of them are acceptable and enjoyable but this one exceeded my expectations and thats counting the fact that it includes one of my favorite young actresses right now, Britt Robertson and just loving the charm that Scott Eastwood brought, along with having effective supporting roles and relationships that helped the story along without making it manipulative. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Its a great way to end this very short Valentine’s Marathon!
Have you seen The Longest Ride? Do you like Britt Robertson and/or Scott Eastwood?