Movie Review: If I Stay


On the surface:

This movie is based on a the best-selling novel, If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia Hall, the main character, this story is about Mia who has been in a car accident and is now having an out-body experience. This story is about her deciding whether her body will live or die when a lot of things in her life have changed. There are a lot of flashback to before the car accident happened to show how much her life has changed and mostly the flashbacks contain Adam, a boy in a band who Mia is so in love with. Maybe on the surface, it sounds like a simple love story but truthfully, this is a heartwrenching story about family, friends, love and choices that people make.

My thoughts on this movie:

I haven't read the book yet, but I heard mixed reviews about it. Probably I'll read it someday. I was interested to watch this movie because Chloe is in it and I'm a fan of her. I already saw some of her movies (Let Me In, Hugo, Carrie) and I loved her acting in those movies. This movie also stars Jamie Blackley, which is obviously attractive looking and not to mention, he has a nice voice. He sang for some of the movie soundtracks and they were amazing. It's also one of the reasons I watched this movie; it's musical-ish and there's nothing I love more than a movie with some good soundtracks.

I already watched movies about out-body experience before, and this movie isn't really the best but it's good. This movie doesn't show much about her out-body experience, it was mostly flashbacks. However, there were a lot of scenes that manage to tear my heart during her out-body experience; when people visit her and tell her things about her family, or tell them what they feel about letting her go, it broke my heart.

Plot-wise, a lot of things from this movie were expectable. It's your typical teenage romance movie; there was falling in love, fighting, making up, fighting again, typical. The thing from this movie that engaged people was to see what Mia decides to do; to stay or go. For me personally, this was an okay movie. It wasn't bad but it wasn't that it-was-so-amazing-that-I-question-my-life-after-watching-the-movie type of movie. It was sad, tragic and heartbreaking but it wasn't a movie you'll think about out of the blue someday.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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