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Review of What If (2013)

Initial Thought: Well I remember seeing the trailer and thinking it looked decent. The cast also caught some interest from me. I figured I would go ahead and see what it has to offer.

Characters/Acting: It has a mixture of British, Canadian, and American actors. I have to say that is a broad horizon. Whenever a film incorporates different cultural backgrounds I'm always more intrigued. Besides that we got Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, and Rafe Spall. Interesting note is that Rafe Spall's father Timothy Spall was in the Harry Potter series. It's good to see Jonathan Cherry still acting. He was probably one of the best things about Final Destination 2. I have been aware of Zoe Kazan for awhile, but this is the first time seeing her skills. There are quite a few actors related to other actors in this besides Rafe Spall. Oona Chaplin is Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter. Lucius Hoyos is related to Canadian Degrassi teen star Ricardo Hoyos. I kind of adored the characters here. Allan kind of reminded me of myself if I was more of an asshole. I think Zoe and Daniel were awkwardly adorable together.

Story: The age old question of can men and women be just friends is revisited here. It doesn't really bring anything new to the table. I was honestly pretty bored. I mean everything happens quite predictably. The beach scene and the ending were pretty cute though.

Directing/Writing: Michael Dowse also directed Goon which I've seen. That one was pretty entertaining. He also did a few others only Take Me Home Tonight being the familiar one. Apparently this is based off of a play by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi called Toothpaste and Cigars. Rinaldi has written episodes of Fringe and Once Upon a Time. Dawe is only noted for this movie. Elan Mastai isn't renown for good movies with Alone in the Dark and The Samaritan under his belt.

Final Thought: I was pretty disappointed with this. I was hoping it would have something fresh. Instead it's full of romance cliches and crude jokes. I mean I thought the main characters were cute together, but that really is it. It was also pretty boring. Don't waste your time here unless you're an avid follower of Daniel Radcliffe or something.
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Added by BAMF
4 years ago on 31 May 2015 02:28