IF – “Sugary sweet whimsy that’s desperate to make you cry”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: John Krasinski

MAIN CAST

• Ryan Reynolds as Cal
Cailey Fleming as Bea
John Krasinski as Bea's Dad
Bobby Moynihan as Jeremy
Steve Carell as Blue
Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Blossom
Louis Gossett Jr. as Lewis
Emily Blunt as Unicorn
Matt Damon as Sunny
Maya Rudolph as Ally
Jon Stewart as Robot
Sam Rockwell as Guardian Dog
Sebastian Maniscalco as Magician Mouse

SYNOPSIS

A young girl named Bea, who has been going through a troubling experience in her life, unexpectedly gains the ability to see people's imaginary friends who have been abandoned by the kids they helped. Bea then discovers that her neighbor, Cal, has the same ability. Together they join forces to reunite the IFs with their former kids.

REVIEW SUMMARY

John Krasinski’s IF is a dose of sugary sweet whimsy that’s desperate to make you cry. And, well, it probably will. The film also benefits from its uniqueness. It’s part Monsters Inc, part Mary Poppins with a bit of Roger Rabbit thrown in. It’s a movie bursting with magic that plays as a throwback to old-fashioned family films of yore. If only they toned down the sentimentality just a tad. You see, the heart-string tugging is, shall we say, over kill. Everything from the music cues to the grief-stricken plot are overtly designed to make you weep. Luckily, there are laughs to be had too. Those mostly come from star Ryan Reynolds. The wisecracking actor is once more effortless in his appeal (he's really got the quippy charisma down to a science). It also helps that he has great chemistry with young Cailey Fleming, the true heart of the story as Bea. Cailey is perfectly fine here, hitting all her marks and making us believe in all the fantastical madness that surrounds her. As for the “Ifs” (the Imaginary Friends – get it?), they are easily the highlight. Everyone from the Steve Carell-voiced Blue to Jon Stewart’s Robot were a blast to watch. Less enjoyable, however, is the needlessly complicated plot. Ok, so it’s not that complicated, but for the under 12-year-old crowd, a good chunk will definitely fly right over the head. Regardless, the film is guaranteed to have everyone embracing their inner child – which, is pretty much the point. So, in that regard, IF’s charms are plain to see.

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