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The Longest Ride Review

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Bull-rider Luke (Eastwood, dripping with his dad’s Rawhide cool) and uni student Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Robertson) seem doomed, until they save an old man’s life and see their relationship mirrored in his own love affair.

★★★★★

Roll your eyes all you like, but you //will// cry. This is a Nicholas Sparks adaptation and, true to form, it keeps a heavy hand on the heartstrings. From their cowboy-hat meet-cute, bull-rider Luke (Eastwood, dripping with his dad’s Rawhide cool) and uni student Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Robertson) seem doomed, until they save an old man’s life and see their relationship mirrored in his own love affair — told in flashback by Chaplin and Jack Huston. The warm settings are littered with clichés, yet however contrived this tenth Sparks-to-screen becomes, the emotions and chemistry outweigh the bull.

However contrived this tenth Sparks-to-screen becomes, the emotions and chemistry outweigh the bull.

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