Synopsis: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash.
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson
Release Date: 9th April 2015
It seems almost a rite of passage now. When you’re trying to make it in Hollywood as an actor; at some point, you’re going to have to do a Nicholas Sparks movie.
The latest romance movie is The Longest Ride, starring Scott Eastwood (yes, that is Clint Eastwood’s son) and Britt Robertson as the star-crossed lovers. The film also features performances by Jack Huston, Alan Alda and Game of Thrones‘ Oona Chaplin, who sports an awful attempt at an Austrian accent throughout the film.
On the scale of Nicholas Sparks movies (the highest being The Notebook and the lowest being everything else), this poor attempt at a romance goes straight to the bottom of the scale. Honestly, I don’t know why studios insist on continuing to adapt Nicholas Sparks novels. If they’re trying to recreate the success that The Notebook had, they should just give up entirely.
The characters in this movie are paper-thin, and the direction is embarrassing. When the entire theatre is laughing loudly at a love scene, you may as well just throw in the towel. It doesn’t work on any kind of level. The interactions of main characters Luke Collins (Eastwood) and Sophia Danko (Robertson) feel forced and artificial, lacking any real spark or chemistry between them. The story itself is monotonously predictable, signifying the lack of any real risks taken by the filmmakers.
The movie does, however, stay true to its title; it’s a long and boring ride until those credits finally roll.
It’s awful. Just…awful.
I was packing all my stuff ready to run out of that theatre towards the end. So many gaps in the plot. There is no substance there, everything is just CHEESE (I would have much preferred a cheese platter and some wine, lots of wine).
We really should have just left the theatre when that love scene (classic Nicholas Sparks shower sex scene) came on, it was so bad.