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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
"If I stay, what will I be going back to?"
"If I stay, what would be my reason to continue?"
"If I stay, what would you do?"
If I Stay is the second teen drama released this year and the first one I've seen out of the two, the other being The Fault In Our Stars. It emphasizes love, decision making, life, and loss. Our main character, Mia Hll, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, is truly relatable as an ordinary girl; the story of life and coming of age. She makes future decisions, romantic decisions, and the most important one: life or death. The characters in her life can easily be parents, her wacky best friend, and "the love of her life." The cast played a beautiful performance and very convincing, not a single moment of hesitation. They brought the characters to life, a family you would love to live next to with troubles you can sit down and talk about; the neighbors you've come to see as family.
The film itself is pictured in a soft, romanticized version of a snowy state; the white snow symbolizing innocence and a bleak hospital, a place to mourn and love. The movie progresses from flashbacks of Mia's life to the current events after the accident that put her in her coma-like state. Although predictable as to when the flashbacks occur they are pleasant short tales. And the music score is spot on.
This melodrama is aimed at teenage girls and young adults going through some tough times; I see it, can feel those feels. But not everyone seems to understand the messages of love and tragedy in If I Stay, to give them deeper meaning.
"All aboard the feels train," If I Stay is heartwarming and a symphony of a movie.