If I Stay – Movie Info + Trailer Reaction & Review

Posted July 17, 2014 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

If I Stay Movie Poster

 

TITLE: If I Stay
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2014 (USA)
RATING: PG-13
TYPE: Movie adaptation of the book by Gayle Forman
SOURCES: Official Movie Site of If I Stay


Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) 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 (Jamie Blackley). 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. “If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

 


WARNING, THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I seriously cannot believe that the trailer is out. I never really thought If I Stay would be adapted to the big screen. And I’ve always wondered if it were to be adapted, how it would be portrayed. Would all the flashbacks come first? Would they alternate like the book? How would they portray Mia’s out of body experience. You get the idea. But whatever, the point of all that is that I am seriously amazed by the trailer. It looks really good. Sure, Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz) isn’t exactly how I imagined Mia, but close enough. But on the other hand, Kim (Liana Liberato) looks pretty much as I imagined… except WHERE IS HER BRAID????? There is, however, a “but”.

The trailer itself looks awesome and makes me want to rush to the movie theater and demand they play it ahead of it’s release date (yes, I know that’s never going to happen). My only problem / concern for this movie is that the trailer focuses a lot on the romance, specifically, the relationship between Mia and Adam. That kind of makes me think the movie will be more centered around their romance than the book, which wouldn’t do the book justice. The book is about a girl who lost lost nearly everything and her decision to stay or leave. It’s about music. And family. And friends. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE ROMANCE!

My other concern is that it appears that only people who have actually read the book understand what is going on in the trailer. That usually means it stays true to the book, but it isn’t necessarily a good thing as the movie needs to make money if we’re going to get a sequel. And in order the make money, people who haven’t read the books need to want to see this movie too. (This is all assuming that the film will be good and a sequel is wanted… if the film is subpar, just pretend you never read this paragraph).

As a totally random side note, I would like to say that I LOVE the “I <3 YO YO MA" sticker on Mia's locker at 00:55. Also, besides the trailer, Warner Brothers have released two additional videos. You can find them on on the official movie site.

What do you think?
Are you excited for the movie?


Emz Chang

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