What if you met the right person at the wrong time? Can you truly be friends with a member of the opposite sex without being attracted to them? These are questions that the rom-com has been answering (to varying degrees of success) since the birth of the genre.
The latest entry into the romantic arena comes in the form of What If. It asks all of the above questions with a story that focuses on a will they/won’t they relationship between single boy (Wallace) and taken girl (Chantry).
Despite its conventional and generic plot, I was surprised and pleased with the amount of originality and freshness this film has to offer.
Its fast paced and straight to the point writing is amongst some of the best I’ve seen this year. There are a number of big laughs dotted throughout, but where it really shines is in the snappy and genuinely witty dialogue between the characters, which undoubtedly stems from the film’s original theatrical roots (a play called Toothpaste and Cigars).
Director Michael Dowse brings with him some dreamy and romantic visuals, all of which are complemented with an indie soundtrack (and a trendy wardrobe), giving the genre a modern day makeover.
The chemistry between the two leads feels natural and real, which is an absolute must for a film of this kind to work. Daniel Radcliffe is a particular joy to watch as he proves once again that there’s a lot more to him than Harry Potter, making for a fantastic leading man.
Completely charming and one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time, What If is feel-good fun with a great deal of both rom and com.
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