Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If I Stay {Book to Movie}



Opens August 22, 2014

Written by, Gayle Forman

I read this book a couple of years ago and it immediately drew me in. I read it so fast, I just couldn't get enough of it. This is one of my favorite books along with the sequel "Where She Went"

Movie Synopsis

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.


Book Synopsis

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.


Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make



Chloë Grace Moretz - playing "Mia Hall"

Chloe has been in many movies and TV shows. Some of the movies she is most known for is "Kick Ass" playing "Hit-Girl", "Hugo" playing "Isabelle" and the remake of "Carrie" playing "Carrie White".  She plays "Diondra" in "Dark Places" a book to movie written by Gillian Flynn coming out September 1st, 2014. And she has another movie coming out September 26th, 2014 where she plays "Teri" in "The Equalizer" starring with Denzel Washington. She has a total of 6 movies coming out this year. She has been very busy. She is currently cast to play "Cassie Sullivan" in "The 5th Wave" coming out in 2016.


Chloe Grace Moretz
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Jamie Blackley - playing "Adam"

 Jamie has been in several movies also. He is most know for playing "Iain" in "Snow White and the Huntsman" and for playing "Ziggy" in "The Fifth Estate". He has another movie coming out this year called "Kids in Love" playing "Tom". And he is currently filming the Untitled Woody Allen Project coming out in 2015.

Jamie Blackley



I made my own "If I Stay Movie Poster" 
If you would like to have some fun creating your own click here.

Make your own if i stay movie poster


Favorite Quotes
This book has so many great quotes it is hard to choose just a couple.

Quote 1

Quote 2
"And that's just it, isn't it? That's how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it." -If I Stay 

Quote 3 
Movie Trailer #1



Movie Trailer #2

Here is a hopeful review from someone who has seen an early screening of the movie. This makes me super excited to see it.

August 5, 2014
I was lucky to come across free screening tickets (as usual) from a post from Refinery29 and was able to watch this movie a week ago. I didn’t post any reviews because I thought that, having not seen movies like these (pre-teen, based on books, death centered, tear jerkers) in a while, I would want to see the other similar ones out right now (The Fault in Our Stars) before making any reviews… If I had to pick one out of the two, I would pick If I Stay in a heartbeat. 
I went into the movie theatre not very sure of what to expect, I just wanted to see a free movie and watch my girl Chloë Moretz kill it on screen as she usually does, and that was exactly what happened. 
Let’s start off with how great the soundtrack was and music references (both classical and rock) and how I wished that all those 13 year old girls at the movie theatre watching the movie could appreciate. I loved the setting in Portland and the idea of music being in the center of everything. The timeline of going back and forth between the present and the past made it refreshing to watch and the pacing of the movie worked great. 
In comparison to The Fault in Our Stars, I want to mention about how this movie almost had me completely crying during so much of it while TFIOS did not. What I think did it the most was how well they introduced the family and they allowed you to fall in love with the characters before you see them in the car accident. (I won’t put any spoilers, because I want you to go see) but it could’ve easily been a really forced movie, and it wasn’t. 
When I’ve mentioned this movie I always mentioned Nick and Norah’s Infinite playlist, except maybe better. The movies aren’t alike, but the aspect of music is in there. The comedy and the community. I’m happy this movie exists and it was a very wonderful surprise.
3.5 Stars ★★★▴
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This review made me want to check out the movie soundtrack. I love seeing movies that have great music in them. Can't wait to hear what they have.

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Here's hoping we all enjoy the movie!
Kellie

1 comment :

Kellie H said...

So I saw the movie last night and loved it. Even though the movies are not quite like the books exactly I still liked how they turned it into a movie. At the end the audience couldn't believe they ended the movie like that. But I think it was perfect. That is how Gayle Forman ends her books. It keeps you wanting to know the rest of the story and I can't wait and hope they make the sequel "Where She Went". One of my favorite parts of the movie (and maybe this is because I'm a parent and can totally relate) is when Mia's parents are at the top of the stairs listening to her play the cello and they realize that she does it because she loves it and they see the talent and potential she has and they give up things they love so that their kids can pursue their dreams. I totally cried. It was sooooo good. I want to know what you thought of the movie. Post your own review here in the comments.