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What If

What If
Posted on July 17, 2015 by James Shults

Release Date: August 15, 2014

Director: Michael Dowse

Overall Rating: Good

A man makes an instant connection with a woman at a party only to find out she has a serious boyfriend.

The Good

What If is a very refreshing romantic comedy, edging on perfection within its very imperfect genre. Forget what you know about Daniel Radcliffe. There isn’t a shadow of his Harry Potter persona present as he delivers a fine performance that’s both charming and funny. Zoe Kazan is also a delight. Together they have a wonderful chemistry that puts you completely on their side. You want these two to fall in love. 

The Bad

There are few flaws in What If. Just a few things you can nitpick. But nothing that mars the film in any real way. The one thing that stands out is how Zoe Kazan’s character is kind of treated as a bit of a dope. You know that she’s in love with Radcliffe’s character. You know that she knows it. But, apparently, she doesn’t. At least not right away. It’s the only part of the movie that comes close to not ringing true.

The Ugly

Would the Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver characters be friends in this fictional World?  I don’t think so but I still love the casting. The two are a wildly mismatched pair. The next movie I want to see from the director, Michael Dowse, is the prequel to What If, where we find out how these two became friends.

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