|Ghost Girlfriend: The Movie.|
Hello friends, I know you must have been concerned that I died, and then had flashbacks in limbo about my daring and tragic life filled with love cut too short, but actually I was just really backed up with work, and that cut into the time I normally use to watch movies about exploding Draculas and girls crying about boys they like. Rest assured however that this doesn't mean that crying exploding Dracula girls are not still number one in my heart. With that out of the way, welcome back to the Tagline, where we are still in the middle of Romantic Romance Month, don't think you're off the hook. Last week we looked at the Fault in Our Stars, a movie about having cancer sort of, but mostly a movie about using the cheapest methods possible to elicit an emotional response from the audience. This week we visit a movie which is... well frankly not much better in that regard. I'm talking about If I Stay, a film based on, you guessed it, a young adult novel, and also about out-of-body experiences. This adaptation in particular stars Chloe Grace Moretz (you know the one who is going to murder you) as Mia Hall, a girl who really likes classical music, and plays the Cello all the time. She is your regular girl music prodigy-who-might-go-to-Juilliard and part of a regular kind of hippie former punk rocker family. Okay so nothing about her life is ordinary, but at least they're not trying to convince me everyone has cancer! Anyway, her life is changed forever when she meets Adam, the frontman for a local up-and-coming band that has prospects of blowing up. The two begin one of those super intense high-school relationships, but their own extraordinary lives begin to pull them apart. One day Mia goes on a trip with her family, and then they get in a super bad car accident and Mia wakes up outside of her body. Yeah that's a little out of left field right?
|DRAMA. ACTION. GHOSTS.|
|There was that... what was she a cellist in Portland?|
|Man life is just... its awful isn't it.|
So this was a movie that kind of couldn't get out of its own way, I enjoyed parts of it in spite of itself, but ultimately it succumbs to the temptation of getting a cheap rise out of you with something SO TRAGIC. All it needed was some kind of apocalypse to happen and it would have been the ideal YA movie adaptation. Didn't these guys get the memo? This does bear out the hypothesis that YA sells though, as the movie was shot for 11 million and pulled in 78. That's a pretty healthy return I'd say.
That's it for today and sorry for the interruption in our regular programming. Next week we will hopefully be treated to some crappy sci-fi, as we put kissy heart day behind us.