This week on Bluray from director Ross Katz and Lionsgate is a love that won’t let go from best selling author Nicholas Sparks with “The Choice.”
In a small North Carolina town lives Travis (Benjamin Walker), a veterinarian who loves boating, friends and family which include sister Steph (Maggie Grace) and Dad Shep (Tom Wilkinson). In a little house next door lives Gabby (Teresa Palmer), a woman studying her medicals working at a local hospital.
Travis keeps busy with the clinic shared with Dad Shep and dates Monica (Alexandra Daddario) on and off which is a joke with his friends. Gabby is seeing the young and handsome doctor Ryan (Tom Welling). That is all about to change when Gabby rushes to Travis fearing for her dog’s health delivering puppies. Of course there is an attraction that neither of them want to acknowledge.
While Ryan is on a very long business trip, sparks fly between Travis and Gabby and a life together is just a choice away. As the years go by, the couple raise a family and watch sister Steph have a family of her own and Dad Shep move on in his love life as well.
On date night another shift in life happens as Gabby is in an accident that pushes Travis to the point of once again making a choice about life and death. It is these moments that test our faith and belief in love!
Walker as Travis is a good ole’ boy who likes his beer, dog and a good bbq. Walker has no difficulty pulling off this role being from Cartersville, Georgia. There is something extremely swag about this actor that you can’t help but listen to every word he says and even when he’s testing it’s kinda cute. He is most effective in those moments where he says absolutely nothing because it’s all in his expression. Yes, I’m admitting that its all very touching and endearing.
Palmer as Gabby is that gal who tries to pretend that she’s not feeling what she’s feeling. That makes her equally as endearing and easy to see how a character like Travis would be drawn in. Even her outrage during the scene at the parent’s house made me yell ‘oh girl you know you’re being silly’. Palmer portrays her character very sweetly.
Wilkinson as Shep is the Dad we all put our orders in for! It isn’t hard to see him in this role because he is the actor to turn to when you want a full range of emotion from the audience. I’ve seen him do it before and he’ll get me every time because that is what Wilkinson has been able to do from the first time I saw him in “The Full Monty” and “Shakespeare in Love.” He has this ability to make one adore him for his vulnerability and then want to thrash him for being spiteful. He is definitely one of our finest actors in films.
Grace as Steph has a small role in the film but important to Travis’ character as family has a deeper meaning for him. Welling as Ryan is the All-American doc who didn’t get the girl. Daddario as Monica is the town girl who didn’t get the man of her dreams. A shout out to Blackwood as Cora, the spitfire receptionist that should have gotten many, many more lines!
Cast also includes: Jesse C. Boyd as Matt, Brad James as Ben, Noree Victoria as Liz, Anna Enger as Megan, Lou Lou Safran as Katie, Vance Griswold as Jesse, Brett Rice as Dr. McCarthy, Ashley LeConte Campbell as Maryanne McCarthy and Sharon Blackwood as Cora.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Choice” four tubs of popcorn out of five. True enough this is the work of tear jerking, love finding, life testing Nicholas Sparks and “The Choice” is no exception. It is interesting to watch the development of Travis and Gabby and instead of wondering what happens years down the road, the film lets us experience it with the couple. It is easy to watch life when things are good but Travis shows us what the difficulties when bad things happen to good people.
The cinematography is beautiful; the setting is unintrusive by anything else but the story between this couple. Of course I can easily say that I’d love to spent an entire summer sitting on the end of the dock in front of Travis’ house. It’s just that beautiful.
The film is fun, has its funny moments, but still all based around the want for love in our lives with that someone special who sees the good and bad and still sticks around. The character of Travis is a big-hearted man who says exactly what he means, for example “bother me” is his way of saying “I love you.” It’s endearing and the ladies always fall for it — yes, I’m one of those ladies. Gabby is a strong woman and hard headed but once she gives in to her feelings, loves the life they have.
Author Nicholas Sparks has been responsible for bringing romance, love and life to fans and we all know when it started — with the 2004 film “The Notebook” with Ryan Gosling. That would be the beginning of bringing his books to film followed by “Message in a Bottle” with Kevin Costner, “A Walk to Remember” with Mandy Moore, “Nights in Rodanthe” with Diane Lane and Richard Gere, “Dear John” with Channing Tatum, “The Lucky One” with Zac Efron and many more.
The Bluray of “The Choice” includes the Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Cinematic Choice: Making The Choice, Nicholas Sparks with…, Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina, Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs, Natalia Safran’s “Daylight” Music Video, Audio Commentary from Director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker. Also included with the Bluray is the DVD and Digital HD copy of “The Choice”.
So when your date night comes around, pick up your own copy of “The Choice” and anytime you need a romantic pick-me-up then count on Nicholas Sparks and Lionsgate to provide it for you!
In the end — let your heart decide!