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Friday, 17 October 2014

What If

It is not often that you see theatre properties being taken to the big screen.  I haven’t had the opportunity to see the play by T J Dawe & Michael Rinaldi called Toothpaste & Cigars (and probably never will).  Screen adaptations of plays are usually not as good.  With that thumb rule, I would guess that T&C will definitely be worth a dekko.  What if, however, can be seen on DVD.


Chantry (Zoe Kazan) and Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) meet at a party somewhere in Toronto.  Chantry is an animator by profession and Wallace is a med-school dropout.  The attraction between the two is quite obvious but their first meeting is restricted to exchanging numbers.  In fact, when Chantry’s boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall) is introduced to the storyline, Wallace finds himself like a deflated balloon.

What makes it worse for Wallace is his cynicism to the entire concept of love.  His mantra in life is attributed to the moment he finds his girlfriend making out with a doctor in med-school.  Since then, Wallace believes that love is just a formal excuse to lie and cheat on someone and get away with it.

Chantry, on the other hand is a believer.  That would explain her relationship with Ben that has survived the proverbial test of time – 5 years and counting.  Chantry and Wallace, continue to be friends with there being no question that Wallace definitely wants something more and Chantry unsure about whether she feels the same way.  Therefore – What if…. (and I am only assuming this).

What if is a tight, well made RomCom.  There are several well written lines that provide you the necessary humour.  The suspense in the relationship makes sure that your interest levels are kept alive.  The performances are also good.  And the story follows a sequence that leads to a predictable and happy ending.

But at the end of the day, it is just that – a simple soppy Romantic Comedy.  So, if you are looking for something “different” or earth shattering then this one is not meant for you.  What If could have ideally been released 4 months from now and would have found itself topping the charts in the season of love.

Instead, it finds itself as just another Romantic Comedy.  Wait for the DVD which would probably release in the time frame mentioned above.  A good gift for that “someone you love”.  If you are very keen, you could find it playing at select theatres this weekend.  6 on 10.  Definitely watch on DVD if you can.

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