When Harry (Billy Crystal) argued with Sally (Meg Ryan) how men and women could never be friends, it left us wondering if there was much truth in that. Perhaps, it called for speculation about each friend of yours that may or may not have been ‘worthy’ of sharing anything more than a platonic relationship. While some rubbished the idea, for some it brought immense hope. Hope often turns out to be light even in the darkest of times. On the same lines is Michael Dowse’s latest romantic-comedy, What If. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in the lead roles, the film takes you on a journey that begins by chance for the two protagonists and ends on a note that’ll have the viewers wanting to fall in love over and over again. The film questions that very aspect of our lives. If you’re already in love, is it possible for you to fall in love again. What if something like that does happen? How do you handle the complications that a relationship that’s not so platonic brings with it?
Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan along with the supporting star cast give a memorable performance in this film. It’s also a great beginning for movies of the genre that complement the feeling of love in the air. Blame the season for it. Perhaps some cynics may begrudge this, but this is the ugly truth, that often stares most lovelorn people right in the face. What’s very pleasing to the eyes is the way the story flows from beginning to end like a perfectly-conducted orchestra piece. The film has been adapted from T.J. Dawe’s play called Toothpaste and Cigars, and Elan Mastai marvels at it.
Spread over a period of a few months, Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) ends up being the catalyst in Ben (Rafe Spall) and Chantry’s (Zoe Kazan) peaceful relationship. There’s a friendship, conversations, long walks, starry nights, bonfire and a lot more to set the perfect mood for romance. Besides, what’s better than to have a good friend of yours as a love interest? Like Harry said, “when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible”.
Why should you watch this film?
Watch it for the perfectly simple story, the cinematography, the music and the feeling of love. It’s also a great change to see Daniel Radcliffe slowly moving away from all the fame he amassed while playing the boy-wizard, Harry Potter, into more serious, mature roles. If you’ve been a fan of the films penned by Nora Ephron, then consider this a tribute of sorts.