Many filmgoers thought the glory days of movies based on Nicholas Sparks books were over, until now.
“The Longest Ride” follows the love story of Sophia (Britt Robertson) and Luke (Scott Eastwood), two young kids from North Carolina, who met by fate at a rodeo.
Their lives would never be the same after saving the life of an elderly man.
Their personal struggles and determination place a decent backdrop to the true love story of this film.
The latest adaptation of one of the many Sparks novels has no new surprises in what they market, but the true surprise is what they don’t tell you after failing to captivate audiences the last two times around.
This film is more than just a boy-meets-girl love story.
It’s a story about struggle and determination.
Director George Tillman Jr. presents us with a film that aims to escape the shadow that “The Notebook” and “The Lucky One” have cast on any Sparks film adaptations.
Tillman Jr. attempts to make one of the great love films this decade, but lacks the courage to distinguish his film from the rest of the pack.
At times, we see the same old love movie clichés, but the real love story is what the trailers and posters don’t show you.
This film presents audiences with two loves stories.
There is the one of Sophia and Luke, but the real heart of this film is the story of Ira (Jack Houston) and Ruth (Oona Chaplin).
We can see glimpses of amazing performances at times through the acting of Robertson, however, the lackluster performance of Eastwood is the only low of this cast.
It can be easily seen that Eastwood was only hired to bring young girls into the movie theaters, and be the eye candy of this film.
“I haven’t really seen the film, and I would normally take my girlfriend, but she didn’t want to see it. She said cowboys aren’t her thing,” said student Chris Galvan.
The scenery and beauty of North Carolina can be seen in every shot, but the action shots of the bull riding that takes place in the film don’t fit in, and question if you are watching a love film, or a sports epic.
The film only made $13.5 million its opening weekend, falling to the “Furious 7” powerhouse.
“I saw the trailers for it, and I thought that it would maybe be good, but after watching the movie, it was the same old stuff I’ve seen before and I wish I would have waited until Redbox,” said student Lauren Castro.
The film brings small amounts of hope back to the future of Sparks’s stories, but still leaves moviegoers wanting for more real love.