CINEMA REVIEW: The Longest Ride (12A)

The Longest Ride is in cinemas now.

The Longest Ride is in cinemas now.

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Nicholas Sparks must have people bidding on the film rights for his books before he’s even finished writing them.

The man is the master of the modern love story. Every passionate tale he thinks up becomes a best-selling novel and a box office hit.

He seems to have a real knack for capturing undying love and gut-wrenching heartbreak, and The Longest Ride is no different.

It follows studious art student Sophia (Britt Robertson) who meets handsome bull rider Luke (Scott Eastwood).

On their first date, they save an old man, Ira Levinson (Alan Alda) from a car accident and save his most treasured belongings, letters he wrote to his true love Ruth, from the flames.

Sophia strikes up a friendship with the old man and keeps him company by reading him the letters.

We see his story played out in a series of flashbacks with Jack Huston as young Ira and Oona Chaplin as Ruth.

The way their lives intertwine is poetic and powerful and the two love stories are equally heart-rending.

The on-screen chemistry between Robertson and Eastwood – yes, he’s Clint’s son – is striking and tumultuous and he has this look that could render any girl a quivering mess.

The film really is beautiful and a wonderful escape from real life.

The Longest Ride is in cinemas now.

The Longest Ride is in cinemas now.

The only issue I ever have with films like this is the unrealistic expectation of romance that they instil into viewers.

Us girls would love to think that we’ll find a love as passionate as this and ride off into the sunset with some gorgeous bloke, but what’s the chances of that?

We’re more likely to be chatted up by some boozed-up loser while we stand in the pizza shop queue at the end of a night out – but we can all dream, eh?

But, we can enjoy living our love lives vicariously through the works of Nicholas Sparks. That’ll do for now.

The film really is beautiful and a wonderful escape from real life.

Dig out the waterproof mascara for this one, or just ditch the make-up all together, you’ll just cry it off anyway.

The Longest Ride is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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