I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, especially when they involve cute-but-awkward main characters who’re destined to be together. While the genre may bore some to death, I love it. I love love, as it were.
Monday marks the DVD release of one of my favourite rom-coms of the last few years, WHAT IF, starring HARRY POTTER alum Daniel Radcliffe and actress/screenwriter/playwright extraordinaire Zoe Kazan. Known for her choice of indie roles, Kazan is one of my favourite actresses, so I thought it appropriate to establish why I think she’s wonderful.
IN YOUR EYES
(Brin Hill, 2014)
Kicking off my list is independent drama IN YOUR EYES, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Released online (and available on Netflix), Zoe plays Rebecca, the lonely young wife of a big-shot doctor. Considered a little strange and treated as an outsider by others, Rebecca has suffered from a ‘third-eye’ sense since a young age – she can see through the eyes of a complete stranger. On the other side of the US, Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) suffers from the same condition. After collapsing one day, Rebecca realises she can connect with Dylan, not only through sight but through speech. Developing an unusual relationship through their ‘power’, Rebecca and Dylan start to warm to the idea that maybe it was a matter of fate.
A little ‘out there’ in terms of narrative (just suspend your disbelief and give it a chance), director Brin Hill and writer Joss Whedon bring this charming love story to life through their actors. While Zoe’s Rebecca is very ‘middle class’ – but not necessarily comfortable there – Michael’s Dylan is a classic Southern boy, trading in on the typical romantic genre convention of ‘opposites attract’. A little cliched but told through an exciting, unusual story.