Like any real relationship in life, Travis (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby (Teresa Palmer) are constantly making choices that will either lead them toward each other or away from each other. And just like life, those choices are not always easy choices to make. Perhaps, it is because we can all identify with the characters in this movie that make it one of the best romantic movies to watch. Or, perhaps it is simply because we all want to believe in the power of love.
Years ago, I watched "The Choice" for the first time and thought it was a fabulous movie. However, I had forgotten how much I loved the movie until last Sunday when I was searching for a romantic movie to watch. I found it in the list of movies that are now available to watch on Amazon. So, I immediately hit "play". Once again, I was pulled into the lives of characters that were so well developed that I felt like I actually knew them as friends or family members.
The Choice Movie Synopsis
Travis is a fun loving, womanizing bachelor who clearly has his choice of women in his small coastal hometown. However, his new neighbor, Gabby, seems to only be annoyed by Travis and his lifestyle. His loud music, partying, lackadaisical attitude, flirting, and his dog, agitate Gabby to no end. Plus, the noise disrupts the quiet she needs to study for her medical board exams.
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With each meeting and interaction, the very serious Gabby becomes even more exasperated by his jovial, carefree personality. The conversations between them are actually rather funny to listen to and watch. Travis is just trying to be friendly, but Gabby sees it as anything but kind.
Remember how the movie begins with Travis talking about "choices"? As neighbors, every day they are each making a choice of what they think about each other. When Gabby's boyfriend has to leave town for a few weeks and her dog has complications while delivering puppies, Gabby makes the choice to run next door to Travis for help. Later, Travis invites her to join him and his friends on a boat ride, she makes a choice of whether to stay or to go. She is faced with that same choice, whether to stay or to go, several times.
At this point, I want to warn you. You should expect your heart and emotions to be twisted during this movie. I don't often cry during movies, but like other Nicholas Sparks stories, this one had me reaching for Kleenex. Travis is so adorable in this movie that you can't help caring about him and the choices he has to make. It is downright gut-wrenching. Like I said earlier, Travis and Gabby are like friends and we all hurt for them.
Nicholas Sparks Movies & Books
Nicholas Sparks is an author name we all recognize. In part because several of his novels have been made into movies. But mostly because he is an excellent romance novel author. Even people who don't normally embrace romance novels and movies as their favorite genre enjoy his work. I'll never forget the first Nicholas Sparks movie that my husband and I watched together. It was, of course, The Notebook. I can honestly say, I don't know which of us was touched the most by that movie. We both loved it.
I previously reviewed and recommended another Nicholas Sparks movie, Safe Haven, which is another Sparks novel that delves into some extremely difficult real life situations.
You will be more than halfway through this movie before you will understand why I also recommend Dawn's review of Me Before You if you love this movie.
For those of you who prefer books, remember The Choice was a novel before it was a movie.
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