What If (2013) Movie Review

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What If

Director: Michael Dowse

Writer: Elan Mastai (Screenplay)

Writer: T.J. Dawe, Michael Rinaldi (Play)


Plot: Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: What If starts as a broken-hearted Wallace (Radcliffe) bumps into Chantry (Kazan) at a party. The two hit it off, with laughs through the night, until she reveals she has a long-term boyfriend Ben (Spall). Wallace and Chantry become best friends, despite everyone around them believing they want to be together.

As the two spend more and more time together, they start to see their own lives change and realize what they want most in life. Only can two people only be friends no matter what happens in their lives.

Verdict on What If

What If is a romantic comedy that follows two strangers that meet and become best friends. They hang out every day and despite everyone else around believing they want more from each other. Time will tell whether they can be friends or they are destined to be together.

This is a fun romantic comedy that looks to channel the modern-era vision of ‘When Harry Met Sally’. Taking us to a much more modern world where everyone around you is moving much faster and friends can come and go in a heartbeat. It shows how life can change quickly, how people can change your life and how decisions being made are important.

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are both brilliant in the leading role, showing natural chemistry throughout the film. The supporting cast is stacked too, with Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall just to name a few.

Final Thoughts What If is a fun, enjoyable romantic-comedy showing that love comes from anywhere in life.

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