Twentieth Century Fox has found a fantastic formula with their Fox 2000 Pictures division, which seems to be the romantic films department. The latest hit now out on Blu-Ray/DVD and Digital HD is an adaptation of another Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride.
Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood) is a young bull rider making his name on the rodeo circuit, when a car accident jeopardizes his career. What makes things more difficult for Luke’s desired comeback is that his posh girlfriend, Sophia Danko (Britt Robertson), landed her dream job in New York’s art world, forcing the couple to try and make it break it with the help if Ira (Alan Alda), who reflects on his long-lasting love and the ups-and-downs of their romance, convincing the young couple on what to do that’s best for them.
All eyes were on Scott Eastwood for this film, especially after taking his father’s name in the movie industry. Eastwood took the bull by the horns (pun intended) and is stepping out of his father’s shadow to be his own man in Hollywood. As Luke, he was delightful, charming and believable as a tough guy with a heart of gold. His love interest played by Britt Robertson was equally as delightful, but the camera doesn’t lie and the romantic chemistry just wasn’t there. Alan Alda is, well Alan Alda. How can you ever go wrong with sticking him in movie? There is a reason why Alda is still a working actor after 40 plus years in the industry.
Fox 2000 Pictures made a brilliant play in the Blu-Ray edition of what is considered an overly mushy romance film by adding bonus features introducing the bull riders and the school where Eastwood trained, giving just enough testosterone to offset the grumbles of having to watch a “chick flick”.
The Longest Ride is out now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD. Make your lady happen and watch it with her.