“Chloë Grace Moretz is here to stay. Whether the movie does is what it could probably allude its title toward.
That’s basically what is to be expected of this film. Or who, for that matter. Having gained immense fame for her portrayal of Hit-Girl in the Kick-Ass movies, Moretz’s choice of movies she ends up performing in have been anything but conventional. In all honesty, If I Stay (helmed by documentary filmmaker R. J. Cutler in his debut effort) could most probably be one of her only conventional movie choices she’d possibly have made till date. Of course, there’s also the pleasant Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but let’s face it – her character was so different from the rest of the ilk.
Which now brings us to R. J. Cutler. From documentaries to non-fiction fiction television to scripted television and now – with the advent of this film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s book of the same title – he’s come a really long way. And looking at the trailers, it’s at the very least vaguely sensible why Cutler – who’s one of the producers of the much loved television musical drama series Nashville – would direct this film. For the characters are so entrenched in music (atleast from the trailers) that it would definitely be of interest to see how in an otherwise conventional young adult framework will music stand out as a character.“
– excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha
YA movies on the rise! This one being the latest young-adult book adaptation, there’s always skepticism to be found – but here at Cinema Elite, we all know that every movie, good, bad or ugly, deserves a fighting chance! And this did too – more so because of the very presence of charming performers like Moretz and Blackley. But does the film succeed? That is to be seen with the review right HERE: http://cinemaelite.com/film-reviews/if-i-stay-movie-review/