What 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
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.