Movie Review: If I Stay (2014)

filmsIf_I_Stay_posterWhat it’s about: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if she can go on.

Genre: Drama, Romance

Rating: 12A

Director: R.J Cutler

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard


Despite finishing this book hours before watching the film and not being overly impressed with it, my boyfriend still agreed to watch this with me and even after my ranty review of the book, I was still interested to see how it adapted to the screen because overall I’m a big fan of book to film adaptations. I know it’s like the unwritten rule that the book is always better than its movie counterpart however, I think I’ve just found the exception to that rule. In my opinion anyway and although a few things niggled at me and they missed some parts out and completely changed others I can honestly say that I thought the film was 5 times better than the book.

I thought the casting was brilliant for this movie – the characters in the book did little to keep me invested in their stories but the actors brought them to life. Chloë Grace Moretz was a fantastic Mia – she gave her life and soul and character. Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard who played Mia’s parents did a great job too and truth be told, her parents kinda irritated me in the book. It was like they were trying too hard to be “cool” but their portrayal in the film came across much different and they were actually parents to look up to. The only person that annoyed me was Adam but I can’t seem to put my finger on why.

I mentioned in my book review that I found all the talk about music and the cello tedious but music is a very real thing. Hearing it and seeing it rather than just reading about it really worked in it’s favour and made the music aspect of the story much more enjoyable. The book, unfortunately, didn’t arouse any sort of emotion from me but the film made me shed a fair few tears near the end. After it finished too, I found I couldn’t stop crying for a good hour or so! Something in that film must have flicked a switch for something because it hit me in ways I never thought it would.



14 thoughts on “Movie Review: If I Stay (2014)

  1. I have not read the book but I’ve seen the movie [yes, I cheated] almost a month ago with my Mom and I still enjoyed watching it even though I’m not a big fan whenever Mia and Adam kisses [I’m like, “why are you both always kissing?!?!”]. Anyways, the ending made me tear up a bit — when Adam said,”You’re my home, Mia.”, I’d want to burst out crying but I’m just shy because I’m watching with my Mom. Great review, Jenny! xo

    1. Hahah I definitely wasn’t a fan of Adam! In the book or the film – the film in particular I found him infuriating for some reason! The ending was incredibly emotional I found! When Kim said, “You still have a family Mia” ugh! I was trying to hold in the tears but in the end I couldn’t haha! No shame in crying in front of your mum! Thank you Kyla! xx

  2. You know why we always think that books are better than movies? I think its because while reading the book, we create our own version of that story in our mind and when the movie goes otherwise, we just say, “AH! THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!,”


    I think I should watch it next weekend.
    The actress seems nice.

    1. You’re absolutely right! Books give us the chance to create our own characters in a way and see things how WE want to see them and when an adaptation comes out which is different to what we originally thought we always say the book is better!

      Although the films are based on books, I like to see them as two very different things and just because you like the book doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like the film and vice versa 🙂

      I hope you like it if you do watch it – I really like Chloë Grace Moretz as an actress 🙂

      1. You know what the funny thing is? None of the books I read got made into movies. Yes, NONE. I was never a Harry Potter or Twilight fan or Fifty Shades Of Grey fan. And I never read Eat Pray Love, just watched the movie.

        I know. That’s why I find your perspective so interesting.

        I hope I do. Thanks for the follow, by the way! 🙂

      2. Really? Well it’s not a crime not to be a Harry Potter or Twilight fan! I’ve not read all the HP books either but I did read Twilight when I was in school.

        I really enjoy book to film adaptation so I think I probably look out for them.

        No problem! 🙂

  3. I found Adam really annoying too! I’m not sure why, but he seemed incredibly self absorbed, even more so than he did in the novel. And I totally agree, I found the movie to be better than the novel, the actors did an incredible job of bringing life to the characters.

    1. I COMPLETELY agree! I wasn’t a massive fan of him in the book but in the film he was just UGH. I hated him and couldn’t help but wonder why on Earth Mia stayed with him? The actors were fantastic, one of the very few book to film adaptations where the film is better! 🙂

  4. I loved the book but was disappointed with the movie. I didn’t like cast (though the actor they chose for Adam was on point) and I just thought the adaptation of Mia’s dilemma wasn’t quite right. I had mixed feelings but I definitely loved the book.

    1. I’m glad you liked the book! I really wish I enjoyed it more than I did and maybe for that reason I loved the film so much because my expectations weren’t too high for the film. I didn’t like Adam’s character in the book or the film – the actor did a great job, it was the character I disliked so much! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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