Movie Review: Chloe Grace Moretz's If I Stay


Director: R.J. Cutler
Writers: Shauna Cross (screenplay), Gayle Forman (novel)
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley

Check out the full list of cast and crew here

After I saw ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ I told myself to stay away from tragic movies for a while. But then ‘If I Stay’ happened. (No) thanks to the big sis’ choice.
Unfortunately, I hadn’t read the novel nor the full plot (and I prefer not to read plots before seeing any movie. Kills the anticipation for me) But she did and had a full fledged knowledge of the sorrow that lurked ahead.
Caution: If you have overbearing tearducts do not attempt to see this.

If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall who thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

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Funny. Romantic. A little Cheesy as well. And of course Emotionally Depressing…that’s how to describe If I Stay.
(Naah. It’s not as bad as it sounds) But that pretty much sums up the script, a touch of all those qualities here and there. It had the sort of warmth of a movie that a family can sit down on the couch and see together…with a bowl of popcorn and a tissue box just incase.
The lines were still the usual stuff you read in romance novels, but it had a hinge to it. It was neither new or old to the viewer’s listening ears. Nothing can really be straightforward in movies starring Chloë anyway…there’s always an ounce of weirdness.

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Chloë Grace Moretz has been one of my youngest favorite actresses in recent times. Yeah, I would say she has a stereotype in playing troubled  characters in virtually all her movies but she is pretty good at that, kinda just like Johnny Depp. Same with Dakota Fanning and Emily Browning who were in talks to play the role as well. (Can I be any less surprised?)
But I would love to see the versatile side to her talent someday. I bet J-Law could give her some tips on that.
Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard’s characters brought light to the darkness of this movie and made seeing it a little less depressing. An eccentric pair…loved them.
And then my first time yet seeing Jamie Blackley. He actually did star in Snow White and the Huntsman but I had absolutely no idea till this review. But still, you did well mate. Even had me wishing I was his high school girlfriend for a second there. But all that lovey-dovey stuff can only seem ‘real’ in movies.
Bet we would be seeing more of him from now on.

R.J Cutler who is known more as a documentarian and theater director came together with screenwriter Shauna Cross aka Maggie Mayhem to pull off his debut feature film.
For a first ‘job’ he did quite a good one. Hope his upcoming projects would hit this off the scale.

The Verdict

What gives this one a thumbs up for me was the end of the movie. If you happen to have read the novel then you’re not in for a ‘surprise’ however.  I won’t drop any more spoilers but I’m sure most of y’all would hate it…but I didn’t. Heard a ton of people kissing their teeth when the credits started rolling in. To me, it was the perfect ending that could be rendered to the direction of such a script.
So yeah. Its a Popcorn and Soda for me.