Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a ladies’ man who thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. (c)
I am writing this based on the fact that I haven’t read the novel and give this personal review solely on how they portrayed and adapted the novel to a movie.
I will get to the point and give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars. I have seen a lot of movies of this genre (romantic drama) and this movie had all the formulaic cliché scenes it needed to make this movie. The plot or story line was all familiar and it always had that Nicholas Sparks stamp all over it from the rural setting/cinematography, feel good romantic scenes to its climactic, expected twist. It’s as if the filmmaker didn’t exerted effort to make this adaptation and how they tell the story a bit engaging and more interesting.
Although the setback for having a plot that is too obvious and having some unnecessary scenes, I can let the slow pacing go as it is needed for a story and character development and the editing of each scenes was somehow neatly done at the same time. The soundtrack and scoring are good and give you the feel of being a dramatic film. The two lead cast is effective by the way and I felt their chemistry. This is one thing that made the movie bearable. Also, what I realized after watching this flick is that everyone has a choice on every situation and that those choices presented in front of us make or break us so it is important to take risks, make your choice and accept the effects or consequences it bring.
If you are a hopeless romantic, dramatic and loves this kind of genre, you can, at the very least, like this movie and bet to be a tearjerker for some.
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