The end of summer can seem tragic. So, closing this season with a film whose plot will leave you knowing your life is way less sad than you actually thought it was, seems like a pretty smart way to spend a final weekend out with your hometown friends and find some personal end-of-summer personal resolution. If I Stay is a romantic drama that follows Mia, who experiences a difficult internal struggle as she debates her own reasons for human existence. Aside from tugging at your heartstrings, we have 5 more reasons you should make sure to get to the theaters to see If I Stay, and trust us, you’ll want to stay from opening trailers to end credits- no ifs, ands or buts about it!
Liana plays Kim, Mia Hall’s best friend. Liana has been making magazine headlines everywhere as a “girl on the verge”. You may recognize her from last year’s Stuck in Love or promotions for this year’s Nicholas Sparks-esque newbie, The Best of Me. She is featured in September’s issue of Teen Vogue, where the magazine calls her a “bright young thing” for a right-good reason. You’ll want to be in the seats to say you ‘saw her when’.
“Friendly” Book Comparison Debates
You’re going to want to be in on the reason your friends are arguing after going to the movies this weekend. Stick your head in the book, then get your tush into a movie seat! You’re in for a heated debate about what the directors should or should not have included in the film versus the book.
The romantic relationship between Mia, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, and Jamie Blackley as Adam has already made several of the “Best New Romantic Films of 2014” lists, including one by Swide that puts If I Stay up against The Fault in Our Stars. If I Stay brings some serious game-face to this category. Tissue boxes will come in handy for romantic audiences everywhere.
Mia playing her cello will bring you back to 2004’s Raise Your Voice, feeling all the feels of familial losses and choosing whether or not to rise above sorrow and be uplifted by music. Of course, there are chords in between, but we’re rooting for a strong melody overall. The musical aspect of this film isn’t just a part of it, but is central to it’s core developments, as we watch Mia struggle to accept her love for Adam and deal with the extremities of a catastrophic car accident that leaves her life and the lives of her family members in utmost jeopardy. Music enables Mia to look past her own insecurities as the notes her into personal crescendos and decrescendos throughout the film.
The Out-of-Body Experience
Throughout a large part of the film, Mia is stuck in a sort-of-limbo, in which she debates staying with Adam or leaving with her family, as a horrific car accident leaves her orphaned. Mia experiences looking over herself and the situations her body is experiencing, while her mental cognition is afloat. Her choices will compel you as they send you into tears, unimaginable sympathy and resolution.