If I Stay is the latest film adaption from a book to hit theatres. It follows the life of Mia Hall, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, a musical prodigy on the cello, after her family gets in a tragic car accident. Mia is shown living outside of her body, seeing the effects the car crash is making on her friends and family while she cannot do anything about it. The film is shown in flashbacks of important moments of Mia’s life, including getting her first cello, meeting her boyfriend Adam Wilde, portrayed by Jamie Blackley and spending nights with her family.
At the beginning of the movie, Mia’s family is in their kitchen after school was cancelled for snow. The family decides to use their day off to take a drive to visit some old friends. Then, the unthinkable happens, and her family gets in a collision with an out-of-control truck from the slick ice. Her mother is pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and her father dies later in the hospital. This leaves Mia and her younger brother, Teddy. Mia is shown for the rest of the movie wandering through the hospital trying to find answers as to why she is there, where her family is and if they are okay. Throughout the movie, we see her getting visits from her grandfather, best friend and the friends they were traveling to go see. By the time her brother is pronounced dead, I do not think there was a dry eye in the entire theatre. I was crying the rest of the movie from that point on because he reminded me very much of my little brother.
I had read the book the day before I went to the theatres with my friends, but I had purposely not read the ending so that I would not know what would happen. The movie had me crying, laughing, and wondering what would happen. It had me guessing the end up until she heard an eerie melody of a Ludwig van Beethoven, which made her want to stay and listen “one last time.” She then wakes up to find Adam sitting by her side.
All in all, it was a very good movie for a Sunday afternoon with friends. If you have yet to see it, I suggest tissues and friends, because this one is a tear-jerker.
Article by Olivia Lee, Yearbook Photo Editor