What If follows Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), a down-on-his-luck love denier who finds a genuine connection with a quirky animator named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). After learning she has a live-in boyfriend, he decides to continue being her friend, despite his feelings for her.
After just seeing Zoe Kazan in The Big Sick, I already knew she was totally capable of handling a non-traditional romantic comedy. And even though the premise here is nothing new, this movie really feels fresh and different. I don’t know when Zoe Kazan became the the go to unconventional rom-com girl, but I totally support it. I truly love this movie. It’s definitely unconventional, but the actual chemistry between Radcliffe and Kazan is adorably fun. At it’s center the romance is really sweet, although inherently problematic. I also love how they made her an animator, which allowed for the director to insert a lot of really cool animators into the film and interweave them into the story.
Similarly, the relationship between Wallace and his best friend Allan (Adam Driver) is equally charming. He’s hilarious in this movie, as I personally believe his Indie stuff has always been his best work, and this is no exception. He honestly had some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. The whole movie is truly funny, which is ironic that I picked it as a tearjerker for this Tuesday. But there are some tender moments too and this movie has just as much heart as it does laughs.
The performances are so fantastically genuine and adorable that this is one of those rare movies you forget the leads are acting. They seem so naturally weird with one another. The writing and script are exceptional, which elevates what could have been a painfully generic story with new and smart elements. It has great cinematography. It’s just delightfully weird and has such a good story and characters that kind of accept the cheesy moments too.
Amy’s Recommendation: 9/10