It was so unexpected when my friend invited me to watch a première screening of a film, that’s inspired from one of Nicholas Sparks’ novel. I always knew Nicholas Sparks as an author of our generation’s favorites like “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook”. But I hope you’re not going to get mad at me when I said that this movie that I watched might be your next favorite chick flick.
Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers 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 made 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. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. – Plot courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Int’l.
I don’t personally read the novel before I watched this movie, but there’re some points about the film that makes me love watching it than reading it.
Two different lovers from two different timeline. It’s very common to have a character like these in a love story film. For a Nicholas Sparks novel, there’s always war, letters, throwbacks and even sad death in it. And for this movie, these things still exist. But something better to share: THE MESSAGE.
On the logical side, I kind of appreciate the flow of the story line from first to last. They gradually build a foundation that makes it not confusing to for me to watch from the characters to the story itself. At first, it gave me an impression of comparing the movie to the earlier ones like “The Notebook” and “Dear John”. But for me it was different as we get through the climax till’ the end. It leaves a feeling of interaction or connection to me in a better way that is not boring to watch.
Well like I said, I like the message of the film that really caught my attention. It teaches people about life decisions that is not just made an impact on you but to others as well. I learned the sacrifices of both lovers have to face regardless of what circumstances and world they living. And to endure all the conflicts of your two clashing worlds as a couple build in love, tested by their limitations and their different desires. As you check yourself towards the movie, there’s a chance that it can happen to us. The question is, how will you respond? And that’s the feeling I got from watching the film. Like they said “Love requires sacrifices. But it’s worth it.” Just take away the love scenes in the picture.
Not too good but not bad as well. It may not be your next best movie, but it is a movie that will not leave you hanging for only eight seconds.
THE LONGEST RIDE
Shows on April 15 in Cinemas Nationwide.