#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In a small coastal town, the veterinarian Travis Shaw works with his father Shep and is very close to his beloved sister Steph. Travis is very successful with the women and dates Monica every now and then. When the resident Gabby Holland moves to the next door house, she initially believes he is a pretentious man. But when her boyfriend Ryan MacCarthy, who is fellow doctor in the same hospital where she works, needs to travel to another city, Gabby and Travis have a relationship and fall in love with each other. Out of the blue, Ryan returns and proposes to marry her. Now Gabby has to make a choice between her two loves.
Plot: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.
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It’s Nicholas Sparks, You either like these things or you don’t
I’m about half way on the Nicholas Sparks Love – Hate scale. I feel roughly the same when it comes to all of these movies. I sit there, counting down the clichés and thinking about how it’s the same god damn thing, but I’m not tearing my eyes out. I’m not going to attack people for liking it, demand my money back after seeing it or try to call Nicholas Sparks mean names. I mean hell, he’s made eleven movies out of this gig, I guess he’s doing something right. And yes The Choice feels the same, and it’s not really anything new.
Nicholas Sparks based movies tend to not be too strongly centred around the actual story, but the characters. The world doesn’t change around them, and the events effect nobody but the protagonists, but the relationship is why people bother in the first place. The Choice is no different and this is no surprise.
The movie tells the story of a girl who moves in next door to a guy, they annoy each other and initially sort-of dislike each other, then time goes on and eventually end up loving each other Then some other stuff happens. Look the actual story is nothing new. Have you seen Safe Haven? The Last Song? Countless other movies in this genre? Then you’ve seen this. The difference in these movies are the actual characters, however trivial or gimmicky these differences may be.
Travis is a formulaic easy going guy with a southern accent and a cowboy attitude, he is loud and obnoxious and annoys the girl next door; Gabby, she’s an intelligent woman who’s interning to be a doctor with some obligatory drama added in, these characters interact and we see their relationship grow throughout the film. This is used as an obligatory comparison between the two protagonists, as he’s introduced partying and listening to rock and roll. There are also some side characters in the film who are simply not people in any sense of the word. They play along as ‘Friend Number 1,’ ‘Friend number 2,’ and ‘friend 1’s wife’ and so on. They also seem have all of the free time in the world, can ditch their children whenever it’s convenient and look like they’re auditioning to advertise picnics on the cover of some magazine as they all smile for eternity and are nothing but absolutely perfect at having fun and partying. I’ll keep my complaints here limited, as this isn’t too big of a deal considering that they are side characters. Some other side characters with more depth however appear in the film too; Gabby’s boyfriend from the beginning of the film Ryan is a doctor whose parents own the hospital where she and he work. (They all have relationships that are super complicated to explain in these movies!) He’s predictably played off as some ‘Villain’ character even though he actually doesn’t do anything wrong The morals regarding this part of the story I personally find to be pretty messy If anything, Gabby is the villain Travis’ family including his father and sister are also present. His sister doesn’t really have a story of her own but acts as a catalyst for dialogue. His father has a sad and cute little story of his own thrown in for good measure as well.
The movie uses many open shots of lakes, beaches, stars and so on to romanticize everything in the film from something as prominent as the protagonists’ relationship to even minor details. Everything looks perfect. This movie is like an advertisement. It glorifies its’ settings, praises its’ characters and unrealistically portrays a life of perfectness. It’s an advertisement. You want to have a relationship like this, you want to live in a place like this and you want to be as happy as all of the perfect people in the movie. Anything that does go wrong is soon shown as a good thing because it showed how much characters loved each other or it helped in some way that wasn’t obvious at first.
The dialogue is cheesy, but the actors are competent enough and do sell the emotion. Especially on Benjamin Walker’s part playing Travis, I admit he turned out to be pretty likable even after being initially unlikable. I even felt a little for him in the final act. Whether they are phoning it in or not, I believe that the actors do a good job here. Nothing ground-breaking in terms of film acting but nothing illusion breaking either.
The writing does feel is lazy, as we fall back into elements taken straight out of the ten previous installments of this ‘franchise.’ It’s also extremely unbalanced. There is a part in the film where I could have sworn that could have been the ending and it would have been fine But it just kept going But if you just sit back and watch, it’s a cute little film to see on (or around) valentine’s day.
Being predictable, full of exaggerated emotion and attempting to be as romantic as can possible be, The Choice is a hit or miss. See it or not. If you don’t see it you’re certainly not missing out too much, but if you want to see it, then by all means see it and you’ll get what you expect. It’s better than Safe Haven and not as good as The Notebook. But honestly that’s just splitting hairs. You’ve seen this before, but if it’s your type of film, you’ll probably enjoy it. Over all, I personally found the story to be somewhat lacking in originality, but the characters to be somewhat likable and the third act to be somewhat emotional despite being predictable and rushed. This movie’s no masterpiece, but it’s not offensive either. It’s fine. And hey! This one has dogs! I like dogs! 5/10
Problematic in presentation, gender relations, and believability – your average Nicholas Sparks film adaptation
As Nicholas Sparks’ film adaptations go, Ross Katz’s “The Choice” is a better film than the bland “Longest Ride” we got last year and certainly miles past the perplexing and downright unbelievable “Safe Haven” in 2013. With that being said, it’s still burdened by the same kind of misguided tropes and cloying incredulity that makes each of these films a chore to sit through. These films come decorated in the same kind of clothing as the next, as they’re built from the ground up on impossibly romantic circumstances, characters that always look beautiful no matter what, a truly tragic plot device played up perfectly to engineer an emotional reaction rather than naturally warrant one, and a slew of “perfect moments” to make your relationship with your significant other look like a slog. And, specific to this one, seriously questionable treatment of its female character. Happy Valentine’s Day.
This time, we focus on Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker), a veterinarian working with his father (Tom Wilkinson) at his practice, living in the small coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Travis lives on his own and enjoys the peacefulness brought on by cold beer, his beach chair, and his dog, until his quietness is disrupted by his new neighbor Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer). Gabby is a med student, who is currently dating a fellow doctor, but her playfully stubborn aura makes her all the more attractive to Travis.
When her boyfriend leaves for a medical retreat for several weeks, the two succumb to intense emotional desires, have sex, and begin to that thing that so many young people do nowadays where they act like they’re dating to others, have sex and sleep together like they are, but really aren’t together. When her boyfriend gets back, Gabby immediately wants things to go back to the way things were before he left, leaving Travis out to dry, and making them both look like immature, stupid people who can’t appropriately handle or discuss their own baggage. Nonetheless, Gabby winds up breaking up with him and her and Travis wind up getting married and starting a family of their own.
This may sound like I just went through the entire film’s plot, but that wouldn’t make sense since I never addressed the core “choice” this film and its two lead characters love to talk about through narration. Well, “the choice” comes towards the end, when a catastrophic accident occurs and leaves one of the parties with a big decision. However, Katz (who directed “Adult Beginners” two years ago) and screenwriter Bryan Sipe rush through this whole circumstance at the end like it’s a big afterthought. The fundamental “choice” of the film isn’t introduced until far too late in the picture, where it can’t develop, and as a result, feels like a tacked on conclusion.
“The Choice” is a tad more forgivable than many other Sparks-branded pictures because at least one of our leads has an ounce of personality this time around. Benjamin Walker’s, who already looks and talks like a young Colin Firth, Travis is a very snarky character throughout the picture, which at least makes him an interesting personality rather than a plastic presence. Teresa Palmer’s Gabby is a blander, more ordinary female lead, but her ability to handle the more dramatic scenes with competence makes up for her lack of character development.
I think the most problematic thing about “The Choice” as a whole is the strange way it tries to pass off unromantic instance as romantic, and, if we’re going to be completely critical of the film’s ideology here, almost makes a case for “no means yes” misogyny that has plagued women for decades. Consider the scene when Travis drives all the way out to Gabby’s parents’ home, where she is staying for the weekend, to ask her parents for her hand in marriage. Gabby is clearly horrified by this entire circumstance, yet her mother and father are in awe of Travis’s conviction of wanting to marry her. Though she repeatedly says “no” a good dozen times, her mother and father keep insisting that this is what’s best for her, going as far to say this is what she wants, and even encourage Travis by giving him a ring with which to propose. The next scene, they’re happily married in a church. What a strange, uncomfortable scene that illustrates the least romantic circumstance that basically tells Gabby’s character, “stop resisting, smile, and accept the ring, you ingrate.”
Getting all riled up about the gender relations in the latest Nicholas Sparks’ film is a losing battle in and of itself because these films are so contrived and detrimental not only to men and women but romantic expectations in general that pervasive analysis only warrants a headache. This is another loser in the long line of these mediocre, incredulous films that perpetuate false ideas of romance with the same narrative structure and emotional manipulation so much so that the white flag I’ve been waving at these films for the last few years, in utter defeat and contempt, has long been discolored.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Ross Katz
Writer Bryan Sipe (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)
Actors Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario
Awards 3 nominations.
Production Company Nicholas Sparks Productions, POW! Productions, Safran Company
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