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Movie review: Nicholas Sparks’ “The Longest Ride”

“The Longest Ride” is another memorable romantic film based on Nicholas Sparks' best selling book that captures the charm of his other works like "The Notebook" and "The Best of Me" to name a few. I was very glad that the film gave something deeper than what the movie full trailer presented. The main actors of the film Jack Huston (Young Ira), Oona Chaplin (Ruth), Britt Robertson (Sophia), Scott Eastwood (Luke) and Alan Alda (Ira) were perfect for their respective roles.

The presentation of two love stories in different decades through a nostalgic medium of written love letters truly heighten the emotional impact of this film. The movie contains Nicholas Sparks’ trademark in telling a love story that surely would be felt by audiences. There was the use of the limited time and making life changing decisions punched with a strong dosage of nostalgia in the film. I enjoyed both the love stories presented in this film. Both love stories were presented having unique and similar flavors. One of the best message that this film gives is that unconditional love is worth the longest ride.

Another plus factor for the film was the highly-realistic bull riding scenes that would truly keep your attention. The setting for the film are breath taking view of countrysides with picturesque aerial shots and lush green environments. A perfect base for the start of a journey to true love. The unlikely combinations of different individuals that was intertwined with a force so strong that it endured time and reasons, love.

For the first time in so many long years, in this day and age, the art of written love letters from a man whose sensibilities women these days are looking for comes to the fore in the romantic endearing movie “The Longest Ride” based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling book of the same title.   Jack Huston stars with Oona Chaplin, Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood and Alan Alda in “The Longest Ride,” which follows two intertwining love stories and the courage it takes to make marriages work in the long term.

Directed by George Tillman, “The Longest Ride” is unlike the usual Hollywood love story,  exploring what it takes to make relationships work, with all the complications and sacrifice involved. It is authentic and moving, but also action packed and dramatic with a great plot and terrific acting.   Visually arresting and breathtaking, The film moves seamlessly back and forward from the present day to the 40s, 50s and beyond. 

Finding actors who could bring the vivid characters to life on film was a challenge, but one that the filmmakers were excited to accept.  “Scott Eastwood was one of our initial top five for the role of Luke,” says Sparks.  “We bantered around a lot of different names, but Scott was always there.  When we brought him in, Scott proved to be just what we were looking for.  He looks like a leading man, and had a good understanding of the characters.”

The filmmakers tapped Britt Robertson to play Sophia because, says producer Bowen, “With a love story, women want to put themselves into the lead actress’ shoes.  You have to be beautiful but accessible at the same time, and that’s an unusual marriage of characteristics.  “Britt is captivating and she can change an entire scene in just a moment,” Bowen continues. “She feels a scene’s subtext.  It’s instinctual.”

Chaplin plays the exuberant Ruth and is pitch perfect as the exquisite girl from Vienna who sweeps young Ira (Jack Huston) off his feet. Ira grew up in North Carolina and leads a simple life; Ruth is artistic, intellectual and cultured, with sophisticated sensibilities. They come from different worlds but fall in love. As the story unravels, and when Ira returns from World War II the couple faces some serious challenges where art is a central theme in the film. 

Oona Chaplin's Extraordinary Endearing Life And Marriage in “The Longest Ride”

The filmmakers knew it would take a strong actor to portray Ruth’s husband, Ira, someone who would match Chaplin’s formidable energy and with whom she would have great chemistry.  Jack Huston filled that bill.  “Jack was fantastic,” says executive producer Robert Teitel.  “We knew his work from Boardwalk Empire, but his character in The Longest Ride was the trickiest to find.”        

Jack Huston : A Love to Last Forever in “The Longest Ride”   

 “When you meet the person with whom you fall in love, the feeling’s the same, whether you’re in the 1930s or in the present day.  Everybody goes through the same emotions. There’s universality to the way we feel and that’s what I wanted to show.  I think the fun of the film is trying to figure out how on earth these two stories are going to come together in the end,” Sparks enthused.

 Watch the full trailer of “The Longest Ride” here

Opening this April 15 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros., “The Longest Ride” explores the magic of falling in love, but also the courage it takes to make marriages work in the long term.

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