This was a movie adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride; I have not read the book yet but then, I opted to watch the film already (Just not sure if this is a good decision but I’m hoping it is). As you all know, Nicholas Sparks is my holy grail of love stories. He can hit you right in your heartstrings and I have always enjoyed his works (well, not all but most. Feel free to visit my other reviews about his novels HERE).
In his other novels, death has always been part of its recipe which makes the story more poignant and can leave you brokenhearted thereafter (there is still a tinge of death but was not highlighted that much in the film. It’s the death of Luke’s father). And this one is different.
It’s real and can hit you bull’s-eye.
In his other novels, he has introduced different health issues such as Asperger’s in Dear John, Alzheimer’s Disease in The Notebook and Leukemia in The Walk to Remember but here, it wasn’t one of his ingredients. Here, he presented reality. That there are people from two different world that can fall in love and though you may belong to two different genre’s of life, there will always be a way to make things work.
It introduced the notion that we had always been hearing ever since that, “Love is a choice”.
That love is never perfect and can sometimes be out of your league. At times, you can not even understand it and can sometimes stand between you and your dreams.
In that situation, for sure, I’d also choose my dreams and one time opportunities more than love but then, soon, you’d realize that your dreams can be nothing if you have no one to share it with.
My favorite scene:
Dinner by the lake 🙂
“It’s just 6 seconds but that girl can be the rest of your life.”