The underlying sweetness of director Michael Dowse’s 2011 hockey comedy “Goon” was a mere warm-up act for the full-on charm offensive of “What If.” Had it centered around a less naturally engaging duo than Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, this cheekily contrived romantic comedy might have outworn its welcome with its tale of two twentysomething friends taking forever to acknowledge their true feelings for one another.
Fortunately, their endless dithering is made not just tolerable but ingratiating thanks to sparkling performances and a level of wit, whimsy and self-conscious genre riffery that never gets in the way of emotional sincerity.
Roughly three parts charming to one part cloying, “What If” attempts and largely succeeds at pulling off a smart, self-aware riff on romantic-comedy conventions while maintaining a core of earnest feeling.
There are careful attempts to sidestep or at least tweak the genre’s usual cliches: The climactic rush to the airport gets an interesting variation here, and Ben, as Wallace’s rival for Chantry’s affections, isn’t a complete jackass so much as a well-meaning, mildly self-absorbed careerist — still enough of a douchebag, of course, that it’s not exactly a tragedy when he takes a non-fatal tumble out of an upper-story window.
Rooper told Britain's The Telegraph the two may join each other on the stage again after their sold-out run in London. It was Lansbury's first stage performance in nearly 40 years, reported.Joining in on crazy patterns is Rita Ora, whose colourful jacket looks as though its been splattered with paint.But Russian model Irina Pantaeva commits what some think is the ultimate celebrity fashion crime in double denim with 1970s-inspired flared jeans. The stars also make celebrity fashion errors when it comes to choosing the right size item of clothing.Sam Swainsbury nails the look of an ordinary man who has seen unimaginable horrors in prison, but when he spoke it was hammy.And Linda’s family looked so two-dimensionally shifty we think there’s more going on with them. Hopefully there is more of Michael Gambon next week for Helen to bounce off of. Emma and Maggie’s frosty working relationship was brilliantly teased, but left hanging.