Two stories, one movie, brought to us by Nicholas Sparks – it’s time for some bittersweet love stories!
The Longest Ride brings us two stories separated by time. Luke (Scott Eastwood) is a former champion bull rider looking to get back in the saddle – literally – when he meets college student Sophia (Britt Robertson) and of course, the two fall in love. There’s conflict however, as Sophia fears Luke will be fatally wounded by bull riding and he refuses to stop because it’s his other love. Fatefully, the two meet an injured man, Ira (Alan Alda), whose love story dates back to the 1940s when war was looming around the corner. Both couples have obstacles to overcome and are determined to endure their love even if the cost is high.
I won’t lie; I’m not the biggest fan of Nicholas Sparks – his books or movie adaptations. They come off a tad cheesy with the men being head strong with overbearing features and the women being linear and more of a device than a real partner in the relationship. The stories never scream “fresh” and if I’m going to be totally honest, I’d kill for the leading male and female to be not white – but hey, that’s just my preference! For The Longest Ride, I find myself thinking of The Notebook but in an “already been done and gone” kind of way.
Come on, Sparks. Let’s shake some things up – even if it’s just the music. I believe in you!
The Longest Ride opens in theaters on April 10, 2015. It stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston.