Movie Review: If I Stay
Although clearly aimed at the ‘young adult’ market (it’s based on the bestselling book by Gayle Forman), If I Stay is intriguing enough to draw older viewers.
Chloë Grace Moretz plays a gifted 17-year-old whose biggest decision has hitherto been whether to take up a place at Juillard or stay with her cute indie rocker boyfriend - it's a hard life, eh? But when she and her family are involved in a major car crash, she finds her whole existence hanging in the balance. Placed on life support, she has an out-of-body experience, of sorts, in which she’s presented with an unimaginable choice: accept the fate of death, or survive, and endure an existence that’s a million miles away from the one she’d mapped out in her head.
If I Stay makes for an absorbing watch, particularly if you’re following Ms Moretz’s fast-advancing career. You’ll need to take plenty of hankies, especially if you’re of a tearful disposition, but the movie isn’t completely bleak, and interspersed within the tragic tale you’ll find some cheery moments. After playing a tormented teen in Carrie (hardly a barrel of laughs), we hope to see Moretz smile a little more in her next major role.