THE PLOT THUS FAR
Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“What If” is a movie about getting what you want, while being a mopey bastard. Daniel Radcliffe plays our male lead, as he tries to put the moves on the only girl that seemingly wants to be his friend. Zoe Kazan is the leading lady and she appears to be too good for the guy, but she wants to offer a hand in friendship. This invites cliched material that shows us how far Kazan can be removed from “Ruby Sparks” in such a short amount of time. Nothing’s perfect, but I demand a little bit more out of my film romances.
Do you know what I hate about this generation? I’m not trying to break the flow here, but it’s an aspect that this film captured so well. The modern young adult generation is so obsessed with naval gazing that it drives their entire lives. Every detail of nothing is scrutinized to the point that they want to find absolute meaning in utter nothingness. It’s like watching crazy people argue over whose poop would make for the fastest street legal hot rod. By the end of the film, I didn’t care if anyone got together. I felt like I was trapped in an adjacent booth at a diner listening to every detail of a conversation that I didn’t want to exist. I’m not sure if that was the intention, but mission accomplished if that was the purpose.
The DVD comes with featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for what it is. The transfer show minimal digital noise. The same goes for the surprisingly robust Dolby 5.1 track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 11/25/2014