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Travis (Walker) meets Gabby (Palmer) who lives next door and their romance seems like a bit of a small town fairy tale until the inevitable bumps in the road are to be dealt with. Despite the good times, Southern twangs, barbecues, beers and bonhomie, will this romance blossom into something long lasting?
A lot of us would have come across stock photography in some form or another in our day-to-day lives. Picture-perfect posed moments where the subjects show off admirable dentistry and hairstyles that are always immaculate. The Choice is a feature-film length version of that.
Relationship problems discussed with the gravity of solving the Middle East crisis by the protagonists placed in picturesque surroundings. Yes. And that, along with some sentimental moments as well as bits of humor thrown into what attempts to be a neatly-sewed romance package. Original? Nope. We've all seen these kinds of movies a million times before.
So what's new, you ask? Well, to Katz's credit, the North Carolina countryside does make this picture look pretty. The country, if seen as an inanimate character, dresses up the proceedings somewhat well. But as for the storyline, it makes a viewer feel like this is the kind of world where people have no other concerns and worries apart from discussing their love lives while seated on a patio. So at least, it is pleasant on the eye, by and large.
Apart from that, there's absolutely nothing to cling on to, as a viewer that can engage you about this movie in terms of emotional content. Yes, there are babes in two-piece bikinis frolicking around a bit but that does not a movie make. And it is lame. You also might find yourself looking for any one actor who puts up a performance at least strong enough for you think of as a redeeming factor. Unfortunately, there is none of that.
Without giving away any spoilers, suffice to say that Katz does attempt steer the storyline into deeper territory towards the finale of the film. Wanna watch it? Your choice, really.
Adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ 2007 novel of the same, ‘The Choice’ is the 11th film to be adapted from Sparks’ works.
Before Tom Welling was finalized to play Dr Ryan McCarthy, Scott Eastwood was considered for the role. However, he was later on replace and was roped in for another adaptation of Sparks’s novel, 'The Longest Ride.'
The entire film has been shot in Whiteville, NC.
Travis Parker is a vet, living in small coastal town Beaufort, falls in love on his first meeting with Gabby Holland, who moves in next door. Gabby is a med student who is in a relationship with a fellow doctor.
Based on the emotional and inspiring novel by literary superstar Nicholas Sparks, The Choice chronicles the power of love from a young couple's rocky first meeting to a life-long romance that will be tested as their lives take a turn that neither of them ever anticipated. When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies' man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriendâuntil an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks's beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
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American romantic drama film, 'The Choice' starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer in the lead roles, has received rave reviews from the audience. Here's what Twitterati has to say about the film:
#TheChoice was precious. Good job once again, Nicholas Sparks. 💕👏🏼