The Longest Ride is a romance drama based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel. The author clearly has an edge when it comes to his books being adapted to the silver screen.
Nine novels have been transformed into movies up until now. That is the magic of Nicholas Sparks’ universe of influence. Most of his books are about romantic love and its tragicomic consequences.
Among the list of movies his works have inspired may be included: Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song, The Lucky One, Safe Haven and The Best of Me.
It looks like Nicholas has grabbed hold of the right mix of ingredients and the audiences simply love his style. The common theme of star-crossed lovers, tragedy and love-will-find-a-way-in-the-end makes the viewership simply go gaga over his novels and movies.
With The Longest Ride, Nicholas’ novel-based-movies have reached the terrific ten magic number. And although the ending is a bit weird, the onlookers are just as eager to gaze with admiration at the film from beginning to end. They are not willing to miss even a single second of the dialogue or scenes.
A rodeo hand and a senior get involved with each other and find love in a sea of hate. Sophia is into the arts and Luke is a bull rider. The two come to the aid of Ira (played by Alan Alda) whose car crashes.
Ira reveals that the love of his life, Ruth, died eight years back and he still prizes a bunch of love letters that were exchanged between them. Later on the parallels between Ira’s past romance and Sophia and Luke’s present love affair becomes evident.
Maybe what the whole film shows is that love requires patience and understanding. In fact, one has to bear infinite pains in order to cope with love and see it to completion. Most of the world just exists on a surface level as far as love is concerned.
True love doesn’t really exist anymore. It might have once but it doesn’t anymore. What is left is ersatz love in the form of sex and flirtation. The movie’s portrayal of four people and their love affairs in their individual time zones is beautiful and something very memorable.
Maybe the message is the same as the lyrics of that Beatles’ song: “All You Need Is Love…Love Is All You Need!”