The Choice is now available on digital HD and DVD/Blu-ray May 3, just in time for Mother's Day.
From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of classic love stories The Notebook and Dear John, the year’s most moving romance, The Choice, will be available on Digital HD April 19 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on May 3 from Lionsgate.
Based on Sparks’ best-selling novel, written for the screen by Bryan Sipe (Demolition), and directed by Ross Katz (Adult Beginners), The Choice stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Maggie Grace (Taken series), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”) and Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, In the Bedroom, 2001), in a touching love story that will make viewers laugh, cry, and wonder how far they would go to keep the hope of love alive.
Travis is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor who’s never considered a serious relationship—until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby. But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby’s love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this unforgettably moving romance.
The home entertainment release of The Choice include in-depth special features including audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker, four behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Deleted Scenes
- “Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice” Featurette
- “Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina” Featurette
- “Nicholas Sparks with…” Featurette
- Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs
- Audio Commentary with Director Ross Katz and Actor Benjamin Walker
Warning: I'm about to get long winded here.
I enjoy Nicholas Sparks' stories because there is a formula to them; a great love story and something thought provoking about the struggle of life and love and many times faith. (One of my all time favorites is A Walk to Remember)
And usually there is some element of dealing with the difficulty (or possibility) of losing someone you love deeply. When you read a Nicholas Sparks book or watch the movie adaptation, you know that from the beginning.
While I wanted to love this movie, there was something that just bothered me about the premise too much for me to love it.
In order for me to love a film, I have to love the characters and cheer for their love story. And honestly, I had a hard time liking them at times.
Travis is charming and has a bit of that cliche "bad boy" quality to him. He has been in relationships but seems to avoid commitment. Typical scenario here. But the actor, Benjamin Walker, plays his part very well and makes you believe he is genuinely in love with Gabby.
Gabby is smart and acts as though she won't take any guff from a guy hitting on her. She is already in a relationship that is getting serious and seems to care about the guy. But in one weekend, somehow she is willing to throw all that away and cheat on him with Travis. Right after she has told Travis about her faith in God. Ouch!
Not only is she willing to cheat on him in one weekend, she continues the relationship and you don't really see that she has any real struggle with it (until her boyfriend comes back from a trip).
I just can't like a relationship that starts with someone cheating on another person. I hate it and I think it's just disrespectful to the person that's been cheated on. If you have changed your mind about the person you're with, then have the guts to tell the person to their face before you hurt them further.
And I just didn't see how they could meet each other, maybe flirt a little, and then all of sudden be so passionate about each other. I know some relationships happen quickly, but it just didn't feel authentic.
While the premise of their love story wasn't something I could cheer for, I was charmed by some of the romantic aspects of their relationship. The setting was almost a character itself, and since I love the beach, that was my favorite part about the movie. I think the beach at night with the moon and stars, the waves crashing and the wind against your hair is pretty romantic. Call me cheesy if you will.
I think the character I liked the most was Travis' dad played by Tom Wilkinson. He lost his wife to illness, and you could tell how much he loved her and their children. He welcomes Gabby as though she were already a part of the family (so does Travis' sister) from the moment he meets her. And he allows his son to make his own choices without giving his opinions unless asked. It's also pretty adorable when he has a little love interest of his own!
And well, since I can't give away the big choice that has to be made in the movie, I will say you will need a box of tissues. Because it deals with something that is gut-wrenchingly hard and hit very close to home (if you've read my blog you may be able to guess what that is). I can't say anymore than that.
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