The Choice

The Choice

In Theatres: 
Feb 05, 2016
Running Time: 
111 minutes

Nicholas Sparks films are nothing too special. They follow your standard romantic storyline of two people quickly falling deep in love, go through some hardship that briefly tears them apart, and then come out better people at the end. Sometimes they end up together, sometimes they don’t. The Choice is the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel and is familiar to anyone who has seen any of the previous films or read any of the books. Familiar isn’t necessarily bad, however.


Travis (Benjamin Walker) has spent his life near the ocean in the small scenic town of Beaufort, North Carolina and so far he has played it safe, never getting too involved in relationships and for the most part being somewhat of a loner. That all changes when Gabby (Teresa Palmer) moves in next door and starts to drive him mad, both in his head and in his heart. The two quickly spark up an attraction with one another, but their romance isn’t exactly straightforward as Gabby is already seeing someone. The choices that they make will decide whether what they have for one another is in fact true love, or simply just a summer fling.


If there’s one thing Nicholas Sparks knows well it’s romance, and The Choice is your stereotypical romance just in time for Valentine's Day. It’s a safe bet for anyone looking for a little love in their films right now. It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to tell, and that is a budding romance between two people. Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer make a good couple and a believable romance, even though there might be nothing particularly spectacular about their story.


The Choice simply goes through the motions we’ve seen time and time again with Sparks. There’s not much new material but just the same elements rearranged into a different configuration. For fans, it’s perfectly fine. Others might be a little more underwhelmed, though. The film does feature some absolutely gorgeous scenery and locations. I haven’t wanted to visit the coast as much as I did after watching it. Many of the scenes are stunning. If there were a perfect place to fall in love, this would be it.


Audiences know exactly what kind of film they’re getting with The Choice. It’s a sappy romantic love story that taps into your emotions. If that’s what you’re looking for, you wouldn’t be making a bad decision in choosing The Choice.

Matt Rodriguez
Review by Matt Rodriguez
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