Film Review: The Longest Ride

Yesterday evening while in my student house in Niagara, I decided I was in the mood to watch a romance movie instead of doing academic readings. Great decision, I know. I was browsing through the drama category on Netflix, and I stumbled across the movie ‘The Longest Ride’ which I have wanted to view for a while now. So, I grabbed some kleenex and pressed play, and I am happy I did.

The Longest Ride starts Britt Robertson as Sophia, a highly intelligent young woman studying art in college in North Carolina, and Scott Eastwood (yes, he is Clint Eastwood’s son) as Luke Collins, a professional bull rider and ranch operator. The story essentially depicts the romance that blossoms between Luke and Sophia, despite their entirely opposing interests and lifestyles, and the hardships and challenges they are forced to endure as a result of their polarity. Spoiler alert: Sophia, who has made a commitment to go to Manhattan in order to intern in a widely recognized art gallery, decides to remain in North Carolina with Luke after an unforeseen series of events allows her to perform her dream job alongside Luke. Spoiler alert #2: Luke, who suffered from a severe head injury a few years back wile bull riding, chooses to end his PBR career after he earns the world title in order to prevent him from being with Sophia. The story sounds cheesy and highly unrealistic, but I truly did enjoy it.

What’s worth noting is that the movie contains an additional plot aside from Luke and Sophia’s; when coming home from their first date, Luke and Sophia come across a crashed car and they pull an elderly man from the wreckage. The man’s name is Ira, and the relationship that develops between him and Sophia is incredibly emotional and is what ultimately leads to the series of events that permits Sophia to work her dream job in North Carolina.

If you’re a fan of romance movies, The Longest Ride is for you. Furthermore, Scott Eastwood is an undeniably attractive individual, so the film certainly is not difficult to watch.

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