What If

On Saturday night my husband and I went to see “What If”.

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Considering how difficult it can be for child stars to transition into adult roles we’ve wanted to support Daniel Radcliffe as he tries to walk out of the shadow of Harry Potter. We have enjoyed his performances in other movies such as 2012’s “The Woman in Black” and 2013’s “Kill Your Darlings”. Here he takes his first romantic comedy in what could be described as a truly adult role.

The film is not terribly original. The question of whether a straight man and a straight woman can be friends without romantic feelings getting in the way has been done before but “What If” is charming and effective. One thing I really liked about the movie was that it treated the issue of cheating both physical cheating and emotional cheating seriously. So often romantic comedies allow characters to cheat all in the name of love. I appreciated that is movie made these issues complicated. I do wish the ending had been a little more ambiguous but that’s just my preference. I prefer the opportunity to guess what will happen next as opposed to having it spelled out for me.

 

Daniel Radcliffe is quite good and charming in his role.

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It’s so amazing to watch him play such an adult role. He is not longer a boy and he isn’t even a young man any more…He is a man. He has so much charisma that you really feel for his character has he tries to be friends with a woman he’s clearly attracted to from the moment he meets her. That woman is played by Zoe Kazan, who is also very good.

 

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I enjoyed Kazan’s performance in 2012’s “Ruby Sparks” and once again he’s effective as the female lead that isn’t a classic beauty (that may sound like a slight but it’s not. It’s really a compliment). The rest of the cast is also good including Adam Driver.

 

“What If” was originally supposed to be called “The F Word” (the F referring to Friend zone and of the course, Fuck) and I wish they had kept the original title. Still, with the title it has “What If” is a charming, funny and cute romantic comedy. It won’t knock your socks off but you will be glad you spent a couple of hours with these characters. I recommend seeing this movie in the theatre if you get the chance.

 

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