I feel like as a society we went through a good six year period where every time we turned around there was a new Nicholas Sparks movie coming out, and I definitely went through a phase where I had read all of his books.I’m not really at that phase anymore, and I feel like we don’t get as many movies anywhere,but I do stay abreast of the new books he publishes because they are the ideal Christmas gift for my Nana. I even got her a signed book of his for Christmas one year!
With that, I want to admit that I loved some of his books and others didn’t connect with me as much. The Choice was one of those. I was mostly indifferent while reading it until THAT MOMENT and I won’t spoil it, but then the waterworks started.
Anyway, here’s The Choice, which was published in 2007 and became a movie in 2016.
Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life – boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.
Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
The book is fine. It’s pretty typical Nicholas Sparks–small town North Carolina, love, loss, a big choice that must be made, all that jazz. It’s fine. Not my favorite not the worst.
And now, onto the movie.
The movie features Benjamin Walker as Travis and Teresa Palmer as Gabby, and writing this, even though I’ve seen it, reminded me that Alexandra Daddario is also in it! She’s someone who I always forget about until I get told that I look vaguely like her, which I’ll take as a compliment, but yep, she’s in this too! The bigger thing though, to me, is that Benjamin Walker was also the Patrick Bateman in the Broadway musical they made of American Psycho. What a career,lol.
It’s got an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is INSANE but also hilarious. The Notebook has 53% and The Last Song has 21%. Nights in Rodanthe has a 30%, so I’m thinking they just don’t GET why people like these movies haha. They’re not here for an Oscar-winning performance. They’re here to cry and FEEL things, duh.
The movie isn’t streaming anywhere as of now, but you can rent it on YouTube or Amazon Prime.