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Movie Review: If I Stay



By  Justin Carreiro     2:44 PM    Labels:,,,, 
If your life flashed before your eyes, what would you see?  Your first kiss? Your first day of school? Favourite concert? That time you got into some serious trouble?

I would hope for nothing embarrassing, but knowing my luck I'd get glimpses of my past dating disasters or the time I wiped out at the company picnic. Trust me...don't ever run on wet grass - so much pain. (And I broke a water bucket!)

One of the latest movies I've seen in theatres was about holding on and remembering those memories from the past. I enjoy the occasional romantic drama and I decided to give this a chance. The movie I will be reviewing today is the book-to-film adaptation: If I Stay.

The Premise: Mia Hall (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) is a talented cello player who is eagerly awaiting to hear back from Julliard after her audition months earlier. One day after leaving the house with her family, their car gets into an accident which leaves Mia in an out-of-body experience between life and death, and her entire family in critical condition as well. As her loved ones are left waiting in the hospital, we experience memories of Mia's past, including those of former boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley), and watch as Mia determines whether to move on into the afterlife or stay.

The Results: 3/5!
If I Stay was a cute and touching film about the moments in our life and the people we take for granted. I've never read the book (though, I've heard about it before) so this was a new experience for me and I pleasantly enjoyed it. The acting and the dialogue in the film stood out for me; Moretz did a good job with channelling the internal conflict of the character and I liked the chemistry between her and Blackley. I was more particularly interested to find out if Mia stayed behind in the end or not - it may have been the main reason I watched the movie. While I enjoyed the movie as a whole, it wasn't as emotionally touching as other romantic dramas like "The Fault In Our Stars" or "The Notebook" book-to-films. I wouldn't recommend to go in expecting for something new or ground-breaking, it's a simple concept about a girl having an out-of-body experience. However, if you're a fan of the book and enjoy a quaint romantic film, you should check it out.

About Justin Carreiro

Justin is a longtime TV buff and gamer. He loves chatting about shows, playing video and board games, and his not-so-secret love for reality tv. He is also a fan of horror movies, music and a bookworm at heart. He spends his time in Toronto working in PR and Social Media.

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