If I Stay
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.
Again, Dyan and I went out to watch If I Stay. We actually planned on watching last week, but homework got in the way. But I’ll be doing this review solo. Let’s get to it!
I was really anticipating watching If I Stay. Left and right, people have been telling me how emotionally powerful and gripping the movie was, and how hard they swooned for Adam and Mia, so of course I had to see what the fuss was about! But the thing is, I was actually really disappointed with the movie.
I was expecting to feel so much more than I did.
I already had my handkerchief ready and everything! I didn’t even get to use it, which was horrible. The only time I slightly teared up was by the end with Adam’s if-you-stay speech. (Because damn, I loved that scene in the book.) I don’t know–it might have been the lack of development/time with the characters, so I couldn’t bring myself to care about them.
I didn’t even swoon. NOW WAIT, HOLD UP THOSE TOMATOES, FRIENDS. It was the instalove, okay? I cannot handle those, even in 2-hour movies. No, just no. Dyan and I couldn’t stop cringing throughout the first half of the movie. Neither of us deal with instalove well.
I liked the supporting characters more than the main ones.
Yes, Chloe Moretz is gorgeous, and she definitely felt like she was Mia. Her voice’s a little… too young-sounding–you know what I mean? I guess that’s why I was detached to her character.
I was excited to see Jamie’s dramatic acting, since I’ve been told it was just superb. While I did feel really bad for him during the hospital scenes, I didn’t fall for Jamie’s character. I wanted to kick Adam in the shins most of the time, actually.
As a book-to-movie, it was good.
Of course, books will have some major and minor changes when they’re turning it into a movie. Overall, I didn’t really notice the changes that were made, but I wanted to have the backstories for characters like Kim and Willow which they didn’t have in the movie. I couldn’t even remember who Willow was until the last few minutes of the movie.
Overall, I’m just indifferent to the movie.
Was it my overly high expectations, or was the movie just bad? I don’t know. Let me know what you guys thought! Did you love the movie, or were you indifferent to it as I was?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.