This movie is old by now, but it is the last significant movie that I’ve seen in a while. I’m super excited for Mockingjay, but that is besides the point.
If I Stay is a tearjerker, and you cannot label it as any less. All of my family members shed at least one tear, and that says a lot since my Polish, whiskey-drinking grandma came along to watch it with my aunt, sister, and me. If I had to put a label on it, I would say that this is a romance movie but I do not have to since this is my blog, and I am glad I do not have to because it was so much more than that.
Chloe Grace Moretz plays a quiet, cello-loving girl who has understanding, classic rock-loving parents. The movie starts off in the middle of the climax, with the car crash occurring within the first fifteen minutes. This is where the title of the movie comes in; she has the choice of staying… or leaving. She is on the brink of death, not knowing what the status of her other family members who were in the car with her is. The plot then rewinds to play out what had happened previously.
I’m trying not to spoil too many parts if you have not seen this wonderful movie yet. The main character falls in love with a garage rock band lead singer, who is definitely out of her league (according to her best friend), which might be because all she does is practice her cello. The cello is her passion – she wants to go to college on a musical scholarship. (Yep, she is that good.) This proves to be cumbersome later on. She falls in love with the boy, all the while showing a back story to her cello and her parents’ love for her. This makes you fall in love with the whole entire family, with their happy campfire dinners and how united they are with music. Then the whole thing comes falling apart before the car crash – yes, there are more bad events than just the car crash – and then the crash happens. Now you now why she is so upset with her decision to either stay or go.
It’s a fantastic movie based off of how intricate the plot is, how detailed the back story is for each character and how the movie is able to break your heart just after you become attached to one of the characters.
If you need a good cry, this is your movie.