Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jaime Blackley, the film followed cello prodigy, Mia Hall, as she falls in love with rocker, Adam Wilde. However, fights start to cloud the young love that they once shared as Mia’s future as a cellist approaches, and a tragic car accident almost tears them apart. How can Mia stay when both her parents and her little brother were lost in the crash, but how can she leave when she’s awaiting a letter from Julliard and is still hopelessly in love with her ex-boyfriend? Mia is stuck halfway and tries to figure out what she should do in the most impossible of situations.
The movie begins with a voiceover by Mia, who says, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
As we watched Mia and Adam fall in love despite their obvious differences, it was easy to forget the previews that showed a horrific car accident. The dialogue was witty and intelligent, and I loved the fun relationship between Mia and her ex-rocker parents as well her romantic relationship with Adam. In a way, the film seemed like a coming of age story as Mia discovered love and its trials for the first time. Neither she nor Adam were perfect in their young love affair, but forgiveness was abundant. The beginning plot was quirky in the best way, and I felt connected to almost every character, which made the second part of the plot that much harder to sit through.
Of course, though, the movie was centered around an absolutely horrible car accident, so that dominated much of the screen time. Though the plot was epically sad and had twists and turns that broke my heart into a million pieces, I thought the acting was impeccable. I would like to mention, though, that Mr. Forman, the author who wrote the book the film is based on, has some explaining to do. How one comes up with a story that is so tragic is beyond me, but I appreciate his brain.
One thing I learned from this film: Chloe Grace Moretz is an absolute artist, who made me cry openly in the middle of a movie theatre, and I’m not one bit embarrassed to admit that fact. She was both awkward and beautiful simultaneously. At one point, all I could hear around me was people sniffing, and one girl a couple seats over was literally sobbing. Moretz hadn’t really been on my radar as an excellent actress, but now, she’s at the top of the list.
Since the movie was all about music, there had to be a killer soundtrack behind the acting. I think that the soundtrack did deliver. A beautifully simple cover of “Halo” by Beyoncé tugged at my heartstrings, and there were some amazing takes on classic orchestra pieces. Despite the fact that Moretz does not play the cello, she made me believe that she was truly passionate about the instrument.
I honestly believe that If I Stay is the headlining movie of this fall season, and though I will admit that I haven’t read the book, I thought the story was beautifully tragic with a quirky wit that helped me not totally drown in tears. If I Stay is here to stay. Happy kommenting :)