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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Longest Ride: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank 20th Century Fox PH for inviting us last night to the special screening of The Longest Ride at SM Megamall. Honestly, we didn't expect a lot because the past Nicholas Sparks' film adaptation is quite a disappointment. We are also wondering why didn't pick a lead star who can easily draw a lot of audiences like they did with Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in Dear John, or Zac Efron in The Lucky One.

Luke (Scott Eastwood) is a former bull rider champion who tries to mount a comeback after injuring himself a year ago. He meets Sophia (Britanny Robertson,) a college student who is looking forward to land her dream job in New York. The two easily got along which other and started dating. One night, when they are about to get home; they spotted an accident on the road and saved the life of Ira (Alan Alda.) Soon, Ira recalls his precious memories with his one true love by means of his old letters, which inspired the young couple to fight for their love no matter what.

Nicholas Sparks' last film (Best of Me) was tolerable but got ruined with by an unexpected twist at the end. With The Longest Ride, they didn't quite hype up anything in its trailer; it was really good and instantly became one of my favorite films in Sparks' movie catalog. Director George Tillman Jr. manages to provide a great substance to its material from both the past and present love stories. The emotions are heartfelt, especially with Ira's story, which is really played well by Alan Alda. 

The two love stories really connected well. With the actors settling to give the enough energy and charm throughout the film. Scott Eastwood and Brittany Robertson seemed not to be the perfect choice, but they proved that they belong and simply enjoyed their roles. While Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston provided quality minutes and performed well as the past lovers who tried everything to make their lives perfect even with unexpected circumstances they had along the way. 

Overall, The Longest Ride is one of Nicholas Sparks' film that may turn into an instant classic. It is one of those adaptations that have a meaningful eight seconds and don't have a lot of bull compared to the past films. The actors are entertaining throughout and the story alone is far more considerable for you not to miss this film on the big screen. 

Our top three picks from Nicholas Sparks film adaptations

1. A Walk to Remember  2. The Notebook 3. The Longest Ride

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britanny Robertson, Alan Alda

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Opens April 15 in cinemas nationwide


Thomas Watson said...

Another romance book adaptation... Oh boy

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