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By Allison Hazlett-Rose
Nov 25, 2014 03:59 PM EST

If I Stay Blu-ray Review

While I would caution people about a film that is going to make them cry, I can recommend If I stay as a solid story, including good acting, good music, and a plot that will make them think and hug their loved ones a little tighter tonight.
If I Stay Blu-ray Review
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In the continuing trend of making popular young adults books into movies, If I Stay has been made into a major motion picture, which is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.  The novel, written by Gayle Forman (Just One Year) is a heart-wrenching story sure to make even the coldest of people feel a multitude of emotions.  You would be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn't cry at some point during the film. Told in a series of alternating scenes between the present and the past,  If I Stay  flips between joy, happiness and humor and tear shedding sorrow.

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie, Kick-Ass) as Mia, the movie tells the story of her navigation through "teenagedom", struggling to fit in, even within her own family, and her sexual awakening with the discovery of first love.  Mia's world is turned upside down after a tragic car accident claims the lives of her parents and younger brother and leaves her hanging "in between worlds".   Mia spends much of the movie in an "out of body experience " watching everything around her, helpless to communicate.  

Supporting cast members include Jamie Blackley (The Fifth Element) as Adam, a rock band lead singer and guitarist who pursues Mia after watching her play cello and Liana Liberato (The Best of Me) as Mia's best friend, Kim.  Mia's cool, rocker parents are played by Joshua Leonard (CSI:Miami) as Denny and Mireille Enos (World War Z) as Kat. Stacy Keach  (Mike Hammer, Private Eye) plays Mia's grandfather who, in my opinion, had the most tear-jerking scene in the whole film.  The cast does a great job especially Moretz, who surprised me as a more than adequate cello player, and Blackley, who also has musical talent and did a wonderful job portraying Adam as equal parts rocker cool and sensitive young man.

The Blu-ray extras include two music videos and music commentary by Director R.J. Cutler (Nashvile).  It also has "beyond the page" featurettes including a fascinating look at the music in the movie as it's own character called "The Love of Music" and how If I Stay was adapted from book to feature film.  The segments including deleted scenes and the still gallery don't add much to the extras and could be skipped. 

I was reluctant to see this film as I knew a little about the subject matter and didn't want to watch a sad story.  I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed it for the most part. I liked the sweet moments between Mia and Adam and the true, real friendship Mia and Kim had.  I was interested in the typical "high School" story that had a little more to it and even found myself engrossed in the life or death plot, despite the sad nature.  I think Moretz and Blackley had great chemistry and the casting directing did an overall great job.

While I would caution people about a film that is going to make them cry, I can recommend If I stay as a solid story, including good acting, good music, and a plot that will make them think and hug their loved ones a little tighter tonight.
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 minutes
Distributed By: Warner Bros.

For more information about If I Stay visit the FlickDirect Movie Database.

About Allison Hazlett-Rose

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Allison Hazlett has always had a passion for the arts and uses her organization skills to help keep FlickDirect prosperous. Mrs. Hazlett oversees and supervises the correspondents and critics that are part of the FlickDirect team. Mrs. Hazlett attended Hofstra University where she earned her bachelors degree in communications and is a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle. Read more reviews and content by .

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