I like to go to movies by myself, makes me concentrate and take in what is there. I am a sucker for romance and for anything Nicholas Sparks. Ever since visiting the set of The Longest Ride and spending time on what would be Luke’s Cattle Ranch, I was in love… entranced really. There was something about that place that was magical, and sometimes you just want to be caught in the magic.
I am not a big believer in love, but maybe that is because I am jaded and going through a broken heart right now. So as I grabbed my bottle of water and took my seat, I set down for what I was sure was going to be a bumpy ride.
I watch all the Nicholas Sparks films and love each and every one of them. Even the one with Miley Cyrus. I don’t go in with the biggest expectations – as let us all admit what we know. Nicholas Sparks is very formulaic. You know what you are going to get.
But that doesn’t stop everyone from watching including me.
The Longest Ride is the best Nicholas Sparks film since The Notebook. I mean that.
Our Blurb: Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood heat up the screen and make you feel emotions that you haven’t felt since you saw The Notebook. Alan Alda gives a performance that reminds you that love can be eternal and not to settle for anything else.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Release Date: Out NOW!
Synopsis: Former bull-riding champion Luke (Scott Eastwood) and college student Sophia (Britt Robertson) are in love, but conflicting paths and ideals threaten to tear them apart: Luke hopes to make a comeback on the rodeo circuit, and Sophia is about to embark on her dream job in New York’s art world. As the couple ponder their romantic future, they find inspiration in Ira (Alan Alda), an elderly man whose decades-long romance with his beloved wife withstood the test of time.
What We Liked: The chemistry between Brit and Scott is off the charts. You haven’t seen a hot sex shower scene until you have seen this movie. But the great thing is that their relationship evolves from awkward to feeling every single moment. It’s the first relationship in a Nicholas Sparks movie that doesn’t feel forced since The Notebook.
What We Didn’t Like: We get that there are flashbacks needed, but we wish that there would have been more Luke and Sophia moments. There are some bits of the movie that we wish had just a little bit more explanation.
WTF Moment: We totally want to tell you this, but if we do – it kinda ruins the movie. But it’s a WTF moment in the best way possible.
Overall Thoughts: This is the best Nicholas Sparks movie in a long time. It doesn’t feel forced, contrived, or overdone. The Longest Ride makes it okay to fall in love, to whether the storm, and to know that there really is someone out there for everyone. A must see.