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"The Longest Ride" Movie Review

Updated on August 3, 2015

Plot Line for "The Longest Ride"

A young couple meet at a bull riding event that one of them -Luke (Scott Eastwood)- competes in. After a great date but they realize they may be too different to work things out. Sophia (Britt Robertson) is an art history student with a job lined up in a New York museum. Scott has bull riding competitions and works on his mom's farm to keep it afloat in the tough economy. On their way home they come across a car crash and rescue the soul occupant of the vehicle. It' s an older man named Ira who has a box in his car that he pleads for them to rescue from the burning wreck. Sophia ends up reading the letters held within the box. Each one was written to Ruth, who was Ira's wife and the love of his life. Luke and Sophia slowly understand the meaning of real love from Ira and from each other.

Cast of "The Longest Ride"

Director: George Tillman Jr. ("Men of Honor")

Writers: Nicholas Sparks and Craig Bolotin


Sophia: Britt Robertson ("Tomorrowland")

Luke: Scott Eastwood ("Suicide Squad", "Gran Torino")

Ira: Alan Alda ("The Aviator", "M*A*S*H*)

Young Ira: Jack Huston ("American Hustle", "Kill Your Darlings")

Ruth: Oona Chaplin ("Quantum of Solace")

Marcia: Melissa Benoist ("Glee")

Kate, Luke's mom: Lolita Davidovich ("Jungle to Jungle")

4 stars for "The Longest Ride"

My Review of "The Longest Ride"

I'll be honest I didn't read the book "The Longest Ride". i do have a close relative who read it and told me what was changed in the movie versus what happened in the book. There were some large changes, although the spirit of the book -she claimed- was prevalent still in the movie. It's a story of a young modern day couple who meet at a bull riding competition. They have great chemistry and can't help feeling that a relationship between the two of them is different than any other previous relationship either of them has had in the past. The decide they are going in different directions with their lives though and resolve to part ways. They come across a car crash as they head home and their lives are forever changed.

Nicholas Sparks is well known to create stories with a doomed pair of star crossed lovers who have some woe befall them or their loved ones. Sometimes his stories are happy and other times they suck and you honestly can't help hating him a little bit for not even giving you the satisfaction of the couple ending up together in the end after you read a three hundred page book of love jibber jabber. So while I may sound pessimistic about his books the reason I watch his movies and read some of his books is because I want the characters to have a happy ending like in "The Notebook". "The Notebook" is his best work, and while I like "A Walk to Remember" or "A Bend in the Road", or "Nights in Rodanthe" I can't help loving the happy and bittersweet ending in "The Notebook". You can't help loving to read about this couple who has been together for so long, through struggles, and then to have health problems at the end of their lives that are tearing them apart, that somehow they still somewhat overcome with their bond. I also adore the movie "The Notebook" because of the visual of the forties (I love the style of the forties) and because it's the best filmed and best acted of all the movie adaptions of his books.

I think that "The Longest Ride comes very close and is potentially on the same level of "The Notebook" in terms of cinematography and acting. The reason why I think it's almost and basically as good as "The Notebook" is it incorporates stories of a couple who were married for a long time and a modern day couple. All the actors who play the couples are excellent. The flawlessly portray couples who are deeply in love. Although the modern couple are on the promotional posters and material I still love the couple who were together a long time. Their story was almost more fascinating, but it's important that the older couple and modern day couple have connected stories to the plot line.

If you are a fan of "The Notebook", "The Fault in Our Stars", "Titanic", "Pearl Harbor", "P.S. I Love You", "Romeo and Juliet", "Slumdog Millionaire", "The Best of Me", and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" you'd like catching "The Longest Ride" sometime.


"The Longest Ride" Quoatables

  • "I just want you to be happy. Even if that happy doesn't include me anymore." -Ira
  • "I don't know what the future holds, but I know there is no future without you." -Ruth
  • "Love requires sacrifice. Always." -Ira

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    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I'm an avid reader, but I confess I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book. This movie somehow smacks of Urban Cowboy. Well written expose, however.