What If is all about the ups and downs of platonic relationships, Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) portrays a medical school dropout who has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships.
So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold but then he meets with a zesty animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who is already in a long-term committed relationship with her lawyer boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall).
This is a couple wants to be together but doesn’t have a good enough reason to break one relationship to form their own. They meet and long for each other, often almost giving in to their resisting urges.
The would-be lovers turn out to share a fascination with Elvis Presley’s dietary habits and to have the same facility for puns and morbid jokes.
What If does nothing but simply plays out like a rom com for the college crowd, while pretending to be more than what it actually is. The film also piles on cliche after cliche, making the happy ending painfully predictable. The movie is full of morbid and predictable scenes that are a huge damper.
Director Michael Dowse has made great films in the past and he does his best to bring Elan Mastai’s terrible script to life. But there’s only so much that one can do with a mediocre plot and unlikable characters.
About a year ago, Zoe Kazan made one of the most interesting and fresh romantic comedies in Hollywood. It was called Ruby Sparks. So.
When one walks into another Zoe Kazan rom com, this time co-starring Daniel Radcliffe, the intrigue level shoots up. Sadly, the movie doesn’t deliver at all and can be avoided.
It's boring, it's mundane and it's a lazy romantic comedy; well we are talking about What If that stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. What If is ...1.5