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FILM REVIEW

If I Stay

Directed by
Produced by

: R.J. Cutler
: Denise Di Novi
Alison Greenspan

Written by

: Shauna Cross

Based on

: If I Stay (by Gayle Forman)

Starring

: Chlo Grace Moretz

Mireille Enos
Jamie Blackley
Joshua Leonard
Stacy Keach
Aisha Hinds
Music By

: Heitor Pereira

Cinematography : John de Borman


Edited by

: Keith Henderson

Production Company
: DiNovi Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
New Line Cinema
Distributed by

: Warner Bros. Picture

Release date

: August 18th, 2014

Name: Clara
Alverina Santoso
Class: XII IPA 8

FILM REVIEW

If I Stay
If you like sad-romance film, i have to say If I Stay is a must watched
film in 2014. The film is beautifully shot, the casting excellent, and it stays
fairly true to the source material. Its enjoyable. Its just that its a little too
sanitized to illustrate the stomach-dropping horror of having to make the
choice whether to live or die, when life as you know it will never be the
same again.
If I Stay is a Young Adult fiction adaptation featuring teens in love,
medical emergencies and a charismatic young star in the lead role.
Unfortunately, the similarities between the films don't extend to quality.
If I Stay stars Chlo Grace Moretz as Mia Hall, a talented, classically
trained cellist who is in a coma after a devastating auto accident tears her
family apart. She spends the majority of the film as a specter hovering
over the action taking place around her near-lifeless body. She loves her
boyfriend, the young singer-songwriter Adam (Jaime Blackley); just before
the wreck, she had been weighing whether to study music at Juilliard or
stay closer to home, which is to say, closer to him. Now her spirit faces an
even bigger choice between her old life and whatever lies beyond it.
The film closely mirrors the book's plot. Flashbacks are our entryway
into Mia's life, focusing on her home life, her relationship with her family,
her schoolwork and, of course, the all-important teen romance angle. This
device actually gets confusing a few times, as it takes a moment to
decipher whether the action we're seeing is in the past or the present day.
Much of the blame for this confusion lies with the director. While R.J.
Cutler is a decorated filmmaker, with the great documentaries The War
Room and The September Issue under his belt, this is his wide-release
feature film debut, and the transition between genres does not go
smoothly. The decision to forgo expensive special effects, relying instead
on costumes and camera angles to portray Mia's apparition, might have
worked if this were a live performance on a stage, but here, it just looks
like amateur hour.
Some shade should be thrown toward Moretz's acting as well. The
young actress projects more sheer talent than many actors with twice the
experience, but all we get here is forced emotion and empty gravitas. Has
Moretz already reached a point in her career when she's more concerned
with latching onto sure-thing genre roles than decent cinema fare? Let's
face it, for every Let Me In, four films of the caliber of Dark
Shadows smudge her resume.

But after all, this film is so touching-hearted. So, what are you
waiting for? Go to your nearest cinema to watch one of awesome film in
this year!