by Counter Cultured | April 14, 2015 10:11 am
by Gabriella Hoffman
Last Friday, several friends and I went to our local movie theater to watch the latest Nicholas Sparks book-to-film adaptation The Longest Ride. Despite Sparks’ recent shortcomings – he and his wife of 25 years recently announced their divorce – he is a masterful storyteller. The Longest Ride stars Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood), Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin (granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin), Jack Huston (grandson of John Huston), and other talented actors.
Eastwood plays Luke Collins, a stubborn bull-rider who falls in love with Sophia Danko (Britt Roberson), a child of Polish immigrants who studies at Wake Forest University. Sophia is hesitant to go out with Luke since she’ll be leaving for New York City to pursue an internship at a well-known art gallery. After initial hesitation, she goes out with Luke. They go on a remarkable first date and hit it off despite coming from different worlds. While driving Sophia home, they stumble upon a burning car that has trapped Ira Levinson (Alan Alda). Luke rescues Ira from the burning car, and Sophia grabs his box of love letters he wrote to his wife. Sophia stays with Ira and slowly develops a bond with him. Ira’s story of complicated love soon intertwines with her’s and Luke’s.
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