Sunday, 24 August 2014

#58 WHAT IF

#58 WHAT IF

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Rafe Spall.

Directed by Michael Dowse, 102 minutes long.

A nice gentle rom com that follows UK medical school drop-out and broken-hearted Daniel Radcliffe as he meets 'happily-in-a-relationship' Zoe Kazan, who's an animator at a party and then again at a day-time performance of Princess Bride, they become 'friends', without benefits although he'd like, maybe something more, if it were possible, but not if it means harming her relationship with her charming and sincere boyfriend. And because he's the product of a divorced family and an unfaithful ex-girlfriend, he's not prepared to push for Zoe when it becomes obvious that they have a great deal in common.

This follows the tried and tested rom com template - boy meets girl, falls in love, loses girl at the beginning of the 3rd act before the happy ending.  Daniel Radcliffe fits in well to the rom com mold and his chemistry with Zoe Kazan is charming and delightful. Similarly his friendship with Adam Driver's character is equally as funny and enjoyable.

Filled with funny moments, some great gags and a lovely, fuzzy, warm, soft-centre this is a hard film to hate and blessedly it doesn't outstay its welcome either. This doesn't break any rules nor create anything radical or fantastically original, but it's not hatefully sentimental either.

7/10

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