1 October 2014

What If

Answering the eternal question of can men and women really be true friends comes "What If", a love story as old as time. As the Queen of the FriendZone, this was a movie I could slightly related to.

Wallace is a regular, albeit, sadly named young guy living in New York. He goes to a party where he meets quirky and even more strangely named, Chantry. She is funny and cute and Wallace falls for her immediately. As they say goodbye at the end of the night, Chantry drops the bombshell. She has a boyfriend!
Usually a question that is asked by men quite early into the night, so as to avoid the awkward handshake at the end of the night. Which is exactly what happens to Wallace and Chantry.
But despite his lingering feelings for her, Wallace decides to remain friends with Chantry, which does prove slightly difficult. Because the lingering feelings are very pronounced and obvious to everyone but Chantry.
They bond over their random likes for things, such as a sandwich that Elvis preferred called Fool's Gold. To be fair, even I would like a swing at some Fool's Gold.
Wallace's love for Chantry increases day-by-day, bordering on slightly pathetic, with Chantry maybe possibly developing feelings for him too.
But in comes the boyfriend, who she refuses to leave, despite there being no discernable attributes. He proves to be a difficult thorn in Wallace's side. What goes on afterwards, is something that would have made the makers of When Harry met Sally proud.
The movie is well directed, with some scenes that are so well made that I wanted to pause the movie just to watch the part again.
There was an indie feel to the movie, which echoed greatly with the choice of actors. Which is not to say that it is bad, just different.
It was interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe in a movie where he smiles, but that doesn't mean he was great! And after Ruby Sparks, Zoey Kazan wasn't my favorite at all, she has really redeemed herself in my eyes.
I did like this movie, but I enjoyed the movie going experience a lot more than the movie itself. Which doesn't bode well for the movie, but do by all means go and watch the film. It won't blow you away, but it will try very hard to and you will appreciate all the hard work it puts into it.

The Good: Daniel Radcliffe isn't a one hit wonder
The Bad: This movie didn't pull me in. It was good, but had a lack of pizazz (I apologize for the lack of a better word to describe it)

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