I watched The Longest Ride over the weekend. The movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. In the film, a young couple falls in love, but they are from different worlds. One is a bull rider obsessed with winning the championship in Las Vegas. The other is a college student who is headed to New York for an internship at an art gallery. I enjoyed The Longest Ride, but I thought it was predictable and I didn’t think it was the best Nicholas Sparks movie I’ve seen (like Message in a Bottle and the Notebook). But even though it’s not a great film, it’s still worth watching if you are in the mood for a love story. The Longest Ride is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading to learn five things about The Longest Ride.
Five Things About The Longest Ride Blu-ray
The Longest Ride features two love stories
The main storyline involves Luke Collins and Sophia Danko. Luke is a bull rider and Sophia is a college student. They meet at a rodeo and quickly fall in love. But then their different worlds catch up with them and they struggle to keep their relationship going. One night, the couple rescues Ira Levinson after a car accident. Then through a series of flashbacks and narrations, we see Ira fall in love with Ruth, break up, and then grow old together. Here’s the problem for me. I could see Ira and Ruth falling in love with each other, but I didn’t really buy the relationship between Luke and Sophia. Ira and Ruth had chemistry together. Luke and Sophia didn’t.
Another happy and sad ending
If you seen Nicholas Sparks movies before or read his books, then you know his endings are both happy and sad. And they usually involve a death. The same is true with The Longest Ride. I’m not going to spoil it for you by revealing the ending, but it was predictable and for the most part, the story ended the way I thought it would.
Scott Eastwood looks like his dad, Clint
Watching the main character (Luke Collins), played by Scott Eastwood, was like watching a very young Clint Eastwood. And I think that’s another problem with the movie. Scott is a pretty boy and he’s buffed. But it was weird seeing him smile, laugh and trying to be charming because Clint always scowl in his movies. I know Scott isn’t Clint, but you can’t help but think of Clint Eastwood when you see Scott in the film. He looks so much like his dad. Other cast members include Britt Robertson (Sophia Danko), Alan Alda (Ira Levinson), Jack Huston (young Ira), Oona Chaplin (young Ruth), Melissa Benoist (Marcia), Lolita Davidovich (Kate Collins), Elea Oberon (Mrs. Pfeffer), Kate Forbes (Ira’s mother), Tiago Riani (Luiz), Danny Vinson (Larry Till), Hayley Lovitt (rodeo girl / dancer), Tracey Bonner (Nurse Wilson), Jaret Sears (Joe Parks), and Hunter Burke (David Stein). The Longest Ride wss directed by George Tillman Jr.
The Longest Ride is rated PG-13
The 139 minute movie is rated PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action. Parents beware: there were a couple of brief nude and sex scenes in The Longest Ride. But it wasn’t graphic.
The Longest Ride Blu-ray includes bonus features
The Bluray includes the movie in Blu-ray and digital HD. In addition, the Blu-ray also includes a bunch of special features (45 minutes):
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (lots of deleted and extended scenes)
- A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks (humorous tips from Nicholas Sparks)
- Beyond the Ride (commentary from the cast)
- Bringing it to Life (Nicholas Sparks talks to Alan Alda)
- Meet The Real Bull Riders (inside look at real bull riders and bulls)
- Luke’s Bull Riding School (Scott Eastwood learns how to ride a bull)
- Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr. and Oona Chaplin
More info: The Longest Ride Blu-ray