The Choice (2016) - movie review on The Movie Scene

The Choice (2016)   3/53/53/53/53/5


Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker in The Choice (2016)

Sparking Romance in to Life

Travis (Benjamin Walker) is a man with many friends and the kind of charm which many women can't say no to, but at the end of the day he has one chair outside his home which he enjoys sitting in next to his dog. But then he meets Gabby (Teresa Palmer), a nurse who has moved in next to him and she bothers him, not in a bad way but because he can't get her out of his mind and he isn't bothered that she is dating Ryan (Tom Welling) who works at the hospital.

I've watched, and enjoyed watching, many a movie which has been adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel and as such I would say I am pretty familiar with the formula. We get romance, the sort of romance which make men groan because they know that it is fantasy yet their girlfriends want that magic of rowing out on a lake to an island to stare at the moon and stars, yes that scene is in "The Choice". But then there is also tragedy where some thing happens which leads to potential heartbreak when it comes to that romance. And without giving any detail there is that expected rollercoaster ride storyline in "The Choice" which has tragedy and potential heartbreak as bumps along the way.

What that basically means is that "The Choice" pretty much delivers what you expect from a movie based on Nicholas Sparks' novel and it is entertaining. The look, the fun, the romance is all at that slight fantasy level which makes you dream that life could be like this. And the casting is spot on as well with Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer delivering the romance, the fun and also that fun level of antagonism which often features in this movie. To be honest you buy in to them as a couple and find yourself invested in their relationship.

That just leaves the tragedy and heartbreak side of "The Choice" and that is where I will keep my lips shut. As such I will just say that maybe "The Choice" is a typical Nicholas Sparks story or maybe it isn't, you will just need to watch to find out.

What this all boils down to is that I really enjoyed "The Choice" and delivered everything I expected from this sort of movie. But at the same time I will say that whilst entertaining and a movie I will watch again it isn't a great movie and other movies adapted from a Nicholas Sparks' story have surpassed this.

Tags: Nicholas Sparks


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