We meet Jackie (Helen Hunt), a middle-aged woman who is pretty much crazy when it comes to her son, Angelo (Brenton Thwaites). Angelo is ready to go to college and Jackie is just not ready for him to do that. She is worried that he is going to lose everything that he has accomplished in life so far. She thinks that he will stop writing and reading and do everything he needs to do in order to become successful. Angelo decides to not go to college and this makes Jackie very unhappy and she goes nuts. Angelo decides to move to California to become a surfer and Jackie goes out there to try to bring him back. Angelo does not want this and Jackie needs to make a decision as to whether or not she is going back to New York or staying in California with her son. She wants her son to be happy and takes surfing lessons so she can impress him and make him understand that she loves him.
Ride is a movie that tells a very nice story, but I just feel like it wasn’t all that exciting. Not to say that this was a bad movie by any means, but after watching it I feel like it was more boring. It is hard to wrap my head around this one because the movie itself was fine. I left the theatre not impressed with what was honestly a pretty good movie. This was a very entertaining and sweet movie and I can’t figure out why I didn’t like it as much as I should have. I think there were some pretty bizarre things with this and something that I hated from the start was that Angelo addressed his mother by her first name. That was a major problem I had and it never stopped bothering me. I felt as if they were too desperate to please the audience.
The acting we see in Ride is fine. Helen Hunt directed, wrote and starred in this. She did a great job acting in this and that really does not surprise me all that much. As far as directing goes, I feel as if she tried way too hard and it just didn’t really work out all that well for her in the long run. While there was not really much wrong with the movie, Helen Hunt tried so hard for the audience to be on her side and I felt like I was watching something that was completely lost sight of what it was really out to achieve. As for Brenton Thwaites, he did a pretty good job playing the role of Angelo. I really didn’t like him as a character, but I think that is what they aimed for and he did well with that.
Ride is a movie that is very warm-hearted and tells a nice story, but I just feel like it should have been more exciting than it was. For what told a nice story between a mother and son, I think that it was more goofy and boring than anything else. I feel like this is an Indie that I am going to quickly forget about and it shouldn’t be. For a movie that tells a great story, there is no reason for me to leave the theatre thinking the movie was just okay because there was no bad acting, not a bad script and overall pretty good directing. This was just incredibly way too boring for my liking and I wish it was more exciting than it was.
Overall, Ride is a warm-hearted and a pretty good movie. I was just way too bored with this and I can’t give it a high-grade. This is one you should definitely see because you may completely disagree with me.
Grade= C (Okay)