This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 35. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
Hey there, friends! 🍿✨
So, last night’s film for my movie-a-day challenge was “If I Stay,” directed by R.J. Cutler, and oh boy, was it an intense one! First off, let’s talk about the plot. This movie, based on Gayle Forman’s novel, is an emotional dive into the life of Mia Hall, played brilliantly by Chloë Grace Moretz. Mia, a super talented cellist with dreams of Juilliard, faces the ultimate life-or-death choice after a devastating car accident leaves her in a coma. The story weaves through her past and present, bringing us closer to her world of music, family, love, and the difficult decisions life throws at us.
Chloë Grace Moretz absolutely nails the character of Mia. She brings such depth and vulnerability to the role, making you feel every bit of Mia’s turmoil and passion. Then there’s Jamie Blackley, who plays Adam, Mia’s rockstar boyfriend. Their chemistry is just 💥 – it’s raw, it’s real, and it perfectly captures young love with all its intensity and complications.
What really struck me was how the film uses music as a character in itself. Mia’s cello performances are hauntingly beautiful and serve as a poignant backdrop to the unfolding drama. It’s like the music is Mia’s anchor, keeping her connected to the world she’s unsure of returning to.
The supporting cast, including Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia’s parents, add such richness to the story. They’re the cool, supportive parents everyone wishes they had, bringing both humor and heart to the film. Their family dynamics, full of warmth and understanding, form a stark contrast to the tragedy that befalls them.
Director R.J. Cutler has done a fantastic job balancing the film’s emotional weight with moments of lightness. The flashbacks are seamlessly integrated, offering glimpses into Mia’s life that help us understand her dilemma in the coma. It’s a story about love, loss, and the choices we make, told in a way that’s both touching and thought-provoking.
Now, I won’t lie – you might want to keep a box of tissues handy. “If I Stay” is a tearjerker, but in the best possible way. It’s a movie that makes you ponder the what-ifs of life and appreciate the moments we often take for granted.
IMHO, “If I Stay” is more than just a teen drama. It’s a beautifully crafted film that resonates on a deeper level. Whether you’re a fan of the book, a lover of music, or just someone who appreciates a good, heartfelt story, this movie is definitely worth your time.
Catch you tomorrow for more movie talk! 🎥💖