What If (2013)… “Look, one thing I like about getting married, is that you can stand up in front of everyone you care about and stay it for the record that you believe in the best case scenario.”

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My rating: 6

IMDB rating: 6.9

IMDB link: What If

Dearest reader,

While finding the image for this review, I think I finally realised what irritates me the most about this film… The fact that it claims to be “The best Rom-Com since 500 Days of Summer”. Not only will I not necessarily classify 500 Days of Summer as a romantic-comedy, this film is nothing like the seminal, heartfelt stroke of genius that is most often termed a romantic comedy-drama.

Now I am just ranting, apologies…

This film stars post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe and the quirky Zoe Kazan. Seemingly everyone’s best friend Adam Driver plays the supporting role and is of course the source of quite a few laughs.

The premise of the film is not something new… You meet someone, they are involved, you become friends while you wait it out… Still, as far as RomComs go nowadays this film definitely provides about an hour and a half of fun.

There are a few plot holes or maybe we should call it desperately grasping for action… For example when Chantry gets upset that Wallace respected her relationship and just remained her friend (not sure why she was mad, but she was!).

To me, there seems to be this trend among filmmakers nowadays to just feed the ending to the viewers. In other words, the much needed “open places” in a narrative are becoming fewer and fewer. This film could have ended with them meeting at the airport, but no! We have to physically show their wedding etc. just to be sure everyone got it. Are we reverting back to the melodrama, where everything is spelled out?

This movie is a good laugh, but definitely not for serious consideration.

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This is Where I Leave You (2014)… “It’s hard to see people from your past when your present is so cataclysmically screwed up”

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My rating: 7

IMDB rating: 6.7

IMDB link: This is Where I Leave You

Dearest reader, 

First of all, literally everyone in this cast is extremely beautiful. And like one of my friends recently texted me; I am seriously developing a Jason Bateman crush…

That being said, I can definitely understand some of the negative comments that this film had received. The film definitely had this whiff of August: Osage County, but instead of just being a tragedy, this film quite effectively plays into the tragicomedy genre.

What I especially like is the ending; I certainly did not read it as a happy ending. Yes, Judd and Penny make up, but it is not a reconciliation. They promise to try it in the future, probably because they both know that Judd’s state of mind would ruin the relationship immediately.

The movie contains almost all the relationship and family archetypes; I see my brother in Paul, myself in Wendy, my varsity fling in Phillip… etc. And having recently also gone through a death in the family, I feel that the different manners of grieving is portrayed extremely thoroughly in this film. More than that, the frustration one feels when members of your family does not grieve the same way as yourself, was done quite well.

Jason Bateman is amazing in this film, I am fast becoming a big fan of his awkward kind of acting and uniquely realistic take especially on Judd.

Was it funny? Yes. Did it make you want to call home? Yes. Is it too touchy-feely? Not at all. I would definitely recommend this film.

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