Analysis of The Longest Ride
Ira’s story starts with him trapped inside a car following his accident, which rolls his car off the edge of a two-lane highway, due to harsh weather conditions. Stuck in the vehicle it starts to snow and he soon finds himself dehydrated and loosing blood. As this occurs Ruth, who had been dead nine years, appears to him. Ira is able to stay awake and alert by Ruth asking him to recall how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, and the dark days of WWII.
Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
Still, the only thing that all this macho beefcake objectifying achieved was to give me a hankering to watch “Rawhide” reruns and admire the real deal, instead.