THE LONGEST RIDE (12A)

 

THE LONGEST RIDE (12A)

 

Run time: 128mins

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich

 

Synopsis: The film centres on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and life altering connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.

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Director George Tillman Jr directs The Longest Ride, based on the best-selling novel by successful author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, The Letter, Dear John); it centres on the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood), a former champion bull rider aiming for a comeback, and Sophia (Britt Robertson), a college student about to start her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira (Alan Alda), whose recollections of his life-long romance with his wife, Ruth, provide inspiration for the young couple.

Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Strong charismatic performances effortlessly carry both parallel stories with, Jack Huston (young Ira) and Oona Chaplin (young Ruth) particularly moving. But all four young leads play their parts in making the stories convincing.

An unashamed, old fashioned, romantic film, it becomes surprisingly involving – in no small measure thanks to the superb performance of Alan Alda.  Despite appearing initially formulaic, the film soon begins to grip and ultimately involve even the most cynical viewer.

Images courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

 

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