Longest Ride is a long haul
THROWING a couple of opposing stereotypes together and watching the drama slowly unfold is as thrilling as watching paint dry in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, TheLongestRide.
Art student Sophia (Britt Robertson) and rodeo star Luke (Scott Eastwood) go on a date, even though their personalities are worlds apart and she is heading off to New York for an internship at a fancy art gallery in two months.
He is the typical southern gentleman who brings her flowers and builds a campfire while they are on a picnic. They hook up a few times and eventually fall in love.
Meanwhile, the ripped hero saves elderly man Ira Levinson (Alan Alda) from a burning car and with him a box of old letters he wrote to his dearly departed wife Ruth (Oona Chaplin) and we are treated to another bumpy romance ride.
Sophia spends her time reading the letters to the recovering Ira and she learns a few things about love, sacrifice, family, marriage and drama.
Weepie fans get bang for their buck with two relationships going through the usual ups and downs (the downs usually take place out in the rain, when a storm coincidentally appears) and the requisite heartstring-tugging deaths.
Briefly livening things up are a handful of vivid rodeo scenes (complete with bull saliva strewn across the screen in slow motion, if you like that kind of thing) and dimly lit sex scenes that show slightly more flesh than other Sparks adaptations have.
The actors are pretty to look at and are mercifully tolerable to watch (except Chaplin’s nails-ona-chalkboard accent).
But overall this feels much like it is the length of GonewiththeWind, only with none of the epic romance
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