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What if (2014) : Movie Review

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Synopsis:

What If (2014) is a story of Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s 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. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her long time boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Walllace and Chantry from an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, 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?

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Review:

What If (2014) is about life, decisions, man – woman relationships and career. Before a relationship will lead into more intimate one, it must be first in the grounds of friendship. It’s the the most basic relationship you can give to someone outside your family circle. A man and woman won’t be “just friends”. At some point, they’ll be attracted with each other. It depends how can they handle their relationship and if it will be developed into more intimate one. Good couples starts as good friends. It’s a good foundation. Though, there are cases that you can  level -up into romance but if not you’ll stay in the “Friend-zone” stage.  Can man and woman stay as just friends? They can be or They won’t.

Story: The story is focused about the perspective of Wallace about love. When Wallace met Chantry, they have this instant connection with each other. How their platonic relationship grows into something romantic will be the flow of the whole story with  the complicated circumstance they’ll face.

Characters: Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace

The main character in the story. He’s a Med student drop out. He’s cynical about love. He lives with his sister and nephew.

Zoe Kazan as Chantry

She’s working as an animator in a company. She’s living with her boyfriend and close with her sister.

Megan Park as Dalia

She’s Chantry’s sister who attempted to seduced Wallace.

Adam Driver as Allan

He’s tall and rugged. He’s  passionate about making love with his girlfriend. He’s close with Wallace. They’re working together in an antique shop.

Mackenzie Davis as Nicole

She’s the wild-type of girlfriend. She likes to party and eventually get married to Allan

. Rafe Spall as Ben

The long time boyfriend of Chantry who is living with her.

Cinematography:

I love the cinematography of this film. I love how graphic arts are being used. The purpose is very appropriate with the story. That is one thing I admire in this movie. I can say that is creatively made.

Settings:

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Hospital
  • Chantry’s apartment and office
  • Wallace’s House
  • Party
  • Beach
  • Wedding Reception

Comments and Suggestions

Watching Daniel Radcliffe in a different movie not as Harry Potter is really renewing. Almost 10 years of my life, I know him as Harry, “The boy who lived”. In this film, He made me convinced that he is Wallace and not Harry. (Why Daniel is short? )

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The first meeting of  Wallace and Chantry is interesting. At that moment, I knew that this two character will end up with each other. You can notice the spark of their relationship with their first conversation with this magnet – fridge word game. I like the idea that moment is presented that way.

About the story development, I like the way it goes. I know it will be going to be complicated. The girl has a long-time boyfriend and then one day a boy will come her way which is more like a soulmate to her because they get along TOO well.  The question is who will she choose in the end? You must watch the movie to know all the details. It may be interesting for me but if you prefer a typical love story you won’t like this one.  In real life, this situation is very complicated. Do you believe on destiny? Do you believe in free will? What if the person really meant for you show up late in your life? When you are already settled with this secured relationship? What will happen is going to depend on the choice you will make in your life.  I believe in the end you’ll choose what you know is better and who will prioritize you more. That’s how I understand it.

The character I can relate most with is not really Wallace. Wallace is a guy in the first place. Then he’s also a person who has no assurance with the direction in his life. Though, He’s really that dependable and friendly person. Maybe, I don’t want to be like him. Despite that, I admire Wallace being a gentleman for respecting the relationship of Chantry with his boyfriend. I am more of Chantry. With her career, she was given the opportunity to go in Taiwan for an animation project (but i think it’s better if it’s in Japan). She was so confused on deciding because of the relationship she has. In the end, she still chose her career. If her boyfriend won’t support her dream/career, it’s the end then of their relationship. Actually, that’s how you’ll know when your partner really loves you. She/He will support you whatever dream you have in life. Chantry made a good choice in my opinion. I’ll do the same thing that she did if I were her.

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Overall, I like the story and the actors did a good job with the characters. Two thumbs up with that! If you are a fan of Daniel Radcliffe, you’ll like how he portrayed this character. Definitely, you already watched this film. If I have time, I can watch this movie again for more than 5 times. I will also recommend it to my friends, colleagues, potter heads and even blogger friends. It’s a nice love story, you won’t regret. WHAT IF we’re more than friends? ^^

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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