Ever since the Harry Potter franchise ended, star Daniel Radcliffe has been churning out a wide variety of roles. His latest, What If takes him into the realm of the romantic comedy but could it be one of those that is able to stand out from the rest or will it just be another clichéd forgettable entry into the genre?
What If follows a medical school dropout, who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate seems to be finding the perfect partner, he decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend. They form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship, but there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? While the formula is pretty standard here this film works really well thanks to the chemistry of the entire cast including Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, and Adam Driver as well as the great writing. From the first moment of the film you can tell it is going to be a bit different and delivers. Radcliffe is great here with this role and his great dialogue exchange with just about every character in the movie makes for some fun scenes. Adam Driver is great as his best friend with his quick witted often inappropriate comments. There is no doubt of why this guy is one of the new ones to watch and will no doubt have a bright future ahead. Zoe Kazan is fun and lovable, but it’s the chemistry with Radcliffe that works and feels like they really connect. This film relies solely on everyone connecting and they all do perfectly, but the addition to the often racy dialogue helps it stand out above the usual throwaway entries into this genre.
On the story side this film is pretty straight forward and predictable, but the cast makes it one that will no doubt find an audience and will likely be a surprise hit. This is a quirky love story that hits all the marks and once again shows Radcliffe has a great adult career ahead of him.