Movie review – If I Stay

by R.J. Cutler

by R.J. Cutler

‘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.’ (imdb) (by R.J. Cutler, 107 min.)

I’m always a bit wary when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations and especially with my favorite books. If I Stay is definitely one of them. That story grabbed me from the get go and I read it multiple times when it came out. So when the movie rights were bought, I was scared they would ruin this story, like they did with The Vampire Academy or The Mortal Instruments series.

But they did ok with it, more than ok actually. There were still some things that bothered me, but I liked the movie and I’ll definitely re-watch it if I have the chance and time. It was a good adaptation and it was loyal to the book, but changed some things for the film-medium without being negative or aggressive to the book.

I first had my doubts about Chloe Grace Moretz. I liked her in Kick-Ass, but I was disappointed with her in Carrie. So when I know she would play Mia, one of my favorite characters, I was a bit scared I wouldn’t find the character in the movie that I liked so much in the book. I would give her a chance, especially because Jamie Blackley who plays Adam, is perfect for that part. He’s the perfect choice and brings so much to that part.

Their connection seemed so real and brought so much to the film. It was also one of the biggest reasons why this film works and why I felt in love with Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia. Her connection with the cello was also very real. I had the feeling she put a lot of work in playing the cello and just trying to  put the emotion I, and I think a lot of other people, had when reading about her love for classic music and her cello.

It was just a perfect blend between sadness and hapiness. I felt the same way about the movie I did with the book and I cried at the same moments. I was prepared, I knew what would happen. I know the story inside out, but still I wasn’t prepared for the movie and I just let it all out. I had no shame crying in the theatre. This movie was worth it and I need to see it again, soon.

out of 5 stars!

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Movie Review – The Fault in Our Stars

by Josh Boone

by Josh Boone

‘Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.’ (imdb) (by Josh Boone, 126 min.)

Omg, this movie. This movie made me cry so hard! I did know all about this story, because I read the book and I loved it too. I loved it so much and I was so scared that the movie would disappoint me.

I loved the trailers, I could find my favorite scenes from the book in the trailers. They didn’t change a thing in the trailers. They did change one or two little things in the movie, but they were just small things. I didn’t feel it took anything away from the movie and its story.

The actors were so well chosen. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are marvelous. I haven’t seen them so connected to their characters and they bring a whole other dimension to this movie. Nat Wolf was well cast and really cute as Isaac. And I was so pleased with Laura Dern and Sam Trammell! I wouldn’t have picked them in this movie. But it worked so well! I felt bad for them and I felt with them when something happened. It just made me more connected with the story.

The cinematography was so good. They used a lot of different techniques in this movie, slower shots, out of focus and pulling into focus when it mattered. I like it when the cinematography really follows the story and makes the emotions, you have to feel, stronger.

This entire movie is just from beginning to end a funny and sad story. It makes you cry and laugh. It makes you laugh while you’re crying. All the people in the cinema were crying with me, and it didn’t feel weird. It was a beautiful story, well written and well transcribed in a movie.

I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars… And I’ll definitely watch it again and again…

Like Crazy (Movie Review)

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Aaargh. Just aargh. This started as a promising little movie about love and long distances.  Two things that don’t go together as numerous examples indicate. It’s true that it gives the start for a few good stories and movies, but Like Crazy isn’t one of them.

It starts with the meeting of the two characters. (I must say I don’t remember their names and I just finished watching the thing. I only remember the names Simon and Sam, and they are the BF and GF of the other two when they’re not together, does that make sense?). Anyways they fall desperately in love with each other and when it’s time for her to go back home because of her visa, she’s so stupid and stays a week longer. Ok, I get that this triggered the rest of the movie, but from then one, it just went downwards.

A lot of people liked this movie because it tells the story of a young love and it’s ups and down and the difficulties of a long distance relationship. And as much as I loved the actors (they played so naturally and easy, and not at all overacting like so many young actors like to do), I hated the characters. They guy, Jacob (I looked it up) was so passive and always agreeing with Anna (looked it up too) and she was just so controlling, and it always had to be her way. I like a strong female lead character, as any other girl, but she was just whining to much for my taste. She wanted to stay past her visa and then she’s surprised they don’t let her back in the United States. Euhm Girl, you asked for it.

Then it’s just one trouble after the other. They fall in love, each with another person, but then Anna calls and he’s running around his apartment, breaking up with his GF, jumping on a plane to England. There he feels like he’s on a vacation. Well, dude, you are on one. The movie keeps on coming with little things like this that are just so irritating I wanted to stop watching at several moments.

I think it was the chemistry between the actors that kept me going.

2,5 stars. I’ll probably watch it again someday, just to see if my opinion has changed about it. Who knows.