Nothing out of the ordinary in the latest Sparks’ adaptation, ‘The Longest Ride’

April 13, 2015 3:22 AM

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Nicholas Sparks’ adaptations function as their own postal systems. Though the characters never seem to overlap – a Notebook cross over with Dear John might actually be tangible – they might as well exist within a shared universal, one where relationship expectations are held to much higher standards (looking at you, men) and the lovey-dovey plot is interchangeable, like clockwork. Sometimes, it’s the rugged down boy with a chip on his shoulder, sometimes class gets in the way, sometimes war (and the list eerily drags on). Love always wins out, usually, and Sparks typically does not shy away from killing someone off. In fact, the one thing I have learned from his movies is that not everyone will make it out alive.

Step into the present with The Longest Ride, a more ambitious approach into the realm of Sparks’ novella. Hot-shot bullrider, Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood), attempts to forge a comeback one year later after a harrowing accident almost left him dead. He googly eyes with Sophia Danko (Britt Robertson)...

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