Chloë Grace Moretz is the star of brilliant films such as Kick-Ass (2010) alongside Nick Cage and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Hugo (2011) alongside the likes as Christopher Lee and Ben Kingsley. She is wonderful actress and a well-rounded, down-to-earth person with admirable views on life. She is also the star of If I Stay (2014) which was adapted from Gayle Forman’s fantastic novel of the same name (2009).
I absolutely love this book and the film adaptation and I found an interview with Moretz about the film on the Time website that I want to share with you all.
What is the book/film about?
If I Stay is about a young girl named Mia Hall whose life changes in the middle of one fateful car ride with her family. A tragic accident causes Mia to lose both of her parents and leave both her and her brother clinging to life. Mia’s body is in a coma but her mind is awake. She was happy before the accident: a classical musician, an extremely talented cellist, loved by her supportive rock & roll family and her affectionate rock star boyfriend, Adam. But, now she has a decision to make. Should she stay? Should she live on to be with Adam and find out whether she has been accepted to Juilliard? Can she stay without her parents?
My thoughts on the book
I love this book so much. Gayle pours so much emotion into her writing and the storyline just tugs at every single heartstring possible. The characters were so likable and what happens to them is just unbearable. Mia’s family is like a closely knit support system. Each member has passion and they all help each other develop that passion into an art.
I love the fact that her parents were huge rock fans but they know that classical music is in Mia’s bones and they want her to pursue her dreams as much as they did theirs. Denny Hall, her father, quit his band in favour of teaching and to start a family. Kat Hall is a rock chic and a fiercely protective mother. I also love the way they treat Adam, Mia’s boyfriend, as a part of the family and support him in much the same way.
The decision facing Mia is an impossible one and it is heart breaking to read but, at the same time, there are so many heart-warming parts of the book as well. Her happy memories lead her to a different way of thinking: that perhaps she cannot live with them, but she can live for them.
In the interview with Time Moretz discusses her role in the film adaptation of If I Stay as well as learning to play the cello in preparation for the role.
“Acting for me is not just being happy-go-lucky” – Chloë Grace Moretz
In other interviews, as well as this one, I have read that Moretz usually goes for roles that are pretty opposite to the kind of person she is. “Acting for me is not just being happy-go-lucky” she told Time when discussing the fact that many of her films are about death, I think her ability to fulfil a range of different acting roles is yet more evidence that she can only be heading for even greater achievements.
Whilst there are obviously going to be more similarities between her and her role Mia compared to her role as Carrie in Carrie (2013), she does say in the interview that she would not avoid a mosh pit. She says “I’m not shy at all when it comes to concerts.” She also says that her music taste differs somewhat from Mia’s one passion for classical, as she explains “I don’t really have a biased opinion on exactly what I like.”
This film has a stunning soundtrack. For a sample, have a listen to Today by Willamette Stone or Calls Me Home by Shannon Labrie. But, one of the best tracks is a cover of Beyoncé’s Halo by Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson which Moretz said she found online and sent to the film’s director, R.J. Cutler.
Moretz is going to be playing Cassie Sullivan in the film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s sci-fi adventure novel The 5th Wave (2013). I am so excited about this because I am a big fan of this book as well as the second in the series, The Infinite Sea (2014). The film is scheduled to be released on the 29th January 2016. I will definitely be posting news of any developments around this so keep an eye out.
I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these wonderful books and films. Feel free to comment.
Before you go give this amazing cover a Halo a listen!