It's not a revolutionary rom-com, but it's probably worth your time
In ‘What If’, Daniel Radcliffe plays a downtrodden medical school dropout, and one with a dizzyingly poor record with love at that. In attempt to rid himself of the pain of the chase, our protagonist Wallace attempts to give up on finding ‘the one’, but as soon as he does so he meets the charming Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Oh, and she has a boyfriend.
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star in 'What If'
This presents all sorts of problems for Wallace, who starts to ponder: What if his soul mate is his best friend? Fans of Radcliffe’s have been waiting patiently for a rom-com starring the former Harry Potter star, and if the critics are to believed, he’s delivered the first with aplomb.
“Smart, sweet, entirely predictable and completely engaging, What If is the kind of fairytale romantic comedy that sends you out with a big goofy smile on your face,” wrote Allan Hunter of The Daily Express.
“For a kid who grew up in public and is worth an estimated 60 million, Daniel Radcliffe does a convincing job of playing a normal guy,” opines Time Out’s Cath Clarke, while Empire Magazine’s Dan Jolin suggests the film is “Formulaic, familiar and predictable, but also likable and well-cast, with enough verve to keep it out of the rom-com bargain bucket.”
Peter Howell of The Toronto Star writes: “The dialogue is believable and funny, even if strays a little too often into the grotesque eating and toilet habits of the late Elvis Presley.” And finally, Digital Spy’s Stella Papamichael reckons “The plot may be easy to fathom, but the undercurrents are astutely played by the actors a they're forced to confront some uncomfortable truths and, somehow, move on.”
Overall, ‘What If’ has totted up a score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. So if you’re looking for a weekend movie that doesn’t work the brain in too many directions, then this could be the right one for you.