Friday, 29 August 2014

"If I Stay" (The Guardian 29/08/14)

If I Stay **
Dir: R.J. Cutler. With: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley. 106 mins. Cert: 12A

The great Young Adult Allowance Grab continues. This entry comes on like a shrugging Ghost: sensitive cellist Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) is facing make-or-break with rocker squeeze Adam (Jamie Blackley) when her dad totals the family car, leaving her in spiritual limbo. Weirdly, nothing much develops from there: spectral Mia has no agency over her corporeal self, so she merely sits around the ICU eavesdropping on pre-emptive eulogies, and awaiting Prince Charming’s return. The smart cast occupy themselves with the dog-eared emotions scattered around these waiting rooms, but their Mumfordised singalong to the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” sorely necessitates a plug somewhere being pulled. 

If I Stay opens in cinemas nationwide today.

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