Told mostly in flashbacks, “If I stay” follows Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl whose life is surrounded by the love of music. Mia’s parents are rockers, her little brother shows that he will grow up to love rock as well; Mia is a bit different though. Mia loves classical music and is a talented cellist.
Aside from their music choices, the Hall’s are a very close and loving family. This makes their tragic car accident even more horrifying to see. After this accident, the story travels back and forth between the events that led up to this and the hospital. Mia is in intensive care, but her spirit is awake and able to walk around and sadly witness the passing of her family.
If you had the choice, would you keep living knowing you won’t see your family ever again? This is the choice 17-year-old Mia was forced to make. Mia’s spirit roams the hospital, weighting in if she has anything to live for now.
“The Fault in our Stars,” another young adult film that featured a strong female lead that found love on the edge of death, sure brought on the tears. So if you shed a tear for “TFIOS,” bring a box of tissues for this one.
Sure, you already know a tragic accident is about to happen and that her family will not survive. But trust me, that does not make it less depressing. You’ll fall in love with these characters, with the Hall family. Especially as the film goes on to give a little back history in the flashbacks. Moretz’s performance as Mia really helped bring this story to life (and made it that much more sad). Moretz lit up every scene with her effortless charm.
“If I Stay” is the perfect film for fans of tear-jerker romances. Running time is 106 minutes, it is rated PG-13 for mature theme, teen drinking and sexuality.