I'm not a chick flick kind of girl, that said this is a love story with a difference. There's a great sub-story that keeps the undercurrent of the main story alive. It's the strength of the pain that these leads go through that make us want to keep them together even though life is making them fall apart. M.A.S.H fans will be delighted to see the return of Alan Alda to the screen as Ira Levinson. He meets our leads on their first date and slowly begins to drive them together. Alda's presence guides the story through the turmoil that our two star-crossed lovers face. Oona Chaplin is spectacular as Young Ruth as we go back in time to see Ira's life story.
Scott Eastwood is the perfect lead as a former champion bull rider. He stands up to his father's name with skill and talent. He also has strong sense of calmness that is so evident in early Clint Eastwood film star days. It's exciting that cinemas goers are able to experience this kind of talent on screen.
Brittany Roberston leaves some skills to be desired as the University Belle Sophia. Brittany would be stronger in younger roles, but her charisma and her comedic ability carries her through a very demanding role.
I would recommend going to see this movie for the intercepting story lines. You get exactly what you expect and a little bit more. It's a Nicholas Sparks typical love tale but with some deep afterthoughts that keep you reminiscing on the storyline.