"The Longest Ride" is a drama directed by George Tillman Jr. The MPAA rating is PG-13 for some sexuality, partial nudity, and some war and sports action and the running time is 128 minutes. The film's budget is 34 million and the box office revenue is 60 million.
BEFORE THE MOVIE:
Oh god....... I hate Nicholas Sparks. His books are horrible and he ruins every single kind of romance imaginable (Except of course, E.L. James). This movie looks TERRIBLE and I still don't know why they're still making movies based on his books. All of his books are god-awful and they're making them with awful writing. The movie is WAAAAY too long for a romance, at 128 minutes, this is going to be a wild ride. Hold on to your cowboy hats people!
AFTER THE MOVIE:
Well, now I can say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. This is actually, the only Nicholas Sparks movie that I gave a positive review. I HATED "The Notebook", but I actually enjoyed this one.
First off, the performances are ACTUALLY GOOD! Surprisingly, Scott Eastwood is GREAT for his biggest role TO DATE. He has a great chemistry with BRITT ROBERTSON. She is an up and coming actress. She was great in Tomorrowland, and she's great in this movie. Hopefully, we'll see more from her now. Also, Alan Alda is FANTASTIC! All of the performances in the PRESENT DAY segment are great, but not the ones set in the past. Basically, the WHOLE segment in the PAST where Britt Robertson's character reads the letters isn't interesting. The production design on the WWII battle is cheap and feels like a Cannon picture or ED WOOD movie. And I never thought the actor that was playing Alan Alda's character in the past was good. And this is how this movie fails miserably.
Also, the cinematography is BEAUTIFUL! The movie is visually stunning, the camera's color correction is GREAT! The movie is bright, vivid and colurful. But the film suffers from Nicholas Predictable. From the beginning, I knew where it was heading from Point A to Z. And you know what? I was right. The movie is WAAAAY too predictable and "Soapy", especially the past segment feels like a soap opera. The main reason why I will give this movie a fresh review is because of the performances. They are incredible. The cinematography also garners the film a fresh rating.