A yearly Nicholas Sparks adaptation has become a customary event in the cinematic calendar – and we’re quite pleased about that. There’s something nostalgic about those clean-cut Southern tales filled with sweet gals and kind-hearted hunks – we’ll just try and ignore the ugly fact that Sparks creates worlds with little-to-no non-whites and non-straights.
The Choice is his latest adaptation, which sadly looks like bargain basement stuff given its weak-lead casting. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’s Benjamin Walker and Warm Bodies’ Teresa Palmer lead this romantic tale which follows:
Travis Shaw and Gabby Holland, who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’ beloved North Carolina setting, culminating in the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
The blandness of the two leads seems odd, especially when Tom Welling and Alexandra Daddario help make up the supporting cast – surely two more sensible starring choices? But maybe we’re just mad because there’s no shirtless Scott Eastwood this time around? Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Grace also star in this tale which hits UK cinemas March 6th 2016.