If I Stay
Film Corporation: WarnerBros.
Released to Theatres: August 22nd, 2014
Audience Rating: PG13
Length of Time: 106 minutes
Director: R.J Cutler
Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: April 6th, 2010
Format: Paperback, 262 pages
Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes they make you.
I couldn't stand to wait even one week to see this movie after it was released. The trailer had gotten under my skin, I needed to see the perfection that was the movie.
I adored Jamie Blackley, as well as almost the rest of the cast. The actor's and actress's were nicely chosen, I could definitely see them as my favourite characters from the novel. Unfortunately Chloe Grace Moretz was not my Mia, on screen she just looked so fake to me. Like she had to dye her hair for the film, dying ones hair doesn't bother me. I do that myself, it's the fact that she had to try so hard to look like Mia just to get the part that bothered me. All the other actors looked and were the characters, Mia wasn't supposed to look like her family, she wasn't supposed to fit in with them, but she did. Jamie on the other hand played the perfect Adam, the looks, the act, it was all impeccable. I couldn't or would't be able to find a better Adam.
The movie was precise when it came to sticking to the book's plot. Any fan of the book would appreciate how well it was close it stayed. The only thing that bothered me was that when it came to Adam and Mia kissing, those scenes tended to be a bit long. As in they would kiss to a point where you as a member of the audience would start to feel awkward.
My all time favourite experience to the movie was Willamette Stone's music. For the band, Adam is supposed to write and sing all the songs. In real life, Jamie actually created those songs. I found that kind of perfect, the music is spectacular as well! I can't stop listening to it, my favourite song being Today, and a close favourite being Heart Like Ours. But honestly, I loved all the songs for the movie.
If you were debating on wither or not to see If I Stay, I think you should definitely give it a chance! And while you're at it, take a moment and appreciate Jamie's handy work that is Willamette Stone. I will definitely be seeing this movie again soon!
My favourite scene would be when Mia's father truly understood his daughters passion for the cello. The scene where he is just sitting outside her door listening to her play for hours. He sacrificed her love for his music as well as his close belongings just to be able to buy Mia a new cello rather then a beat up one.
“It’s very inconvenient to fall in love at your age, especially if it’s the real thing.” - Mia's Mom
Recommend to People Who Enjoy:
Drama, Music, Romance, Tragedy, Family
What did you think of If I Stay the movie? Let me know in the comments!