‘If’ Really Tried, but Ended up a Hot Mess, Bless Its Heart.

John Krasinski's "If" aims to capture the magic of Disney films with original storytelling, but falls short with confusing subplots and lackluster storytelling.

– John Krasinski creates “If,” a family-friendly film that aims to deliver original stories and magic similar to classic Disney films
– Despite a star-studded voice cast and Krasinski’s visual talent, “If” fails to live up to its potential, with confusing subplots and lackluster storytelling
– While the film tries to emphasize themes of imagination and family bonds, it ultimately falls short, making it a disappointing watch for both kids and adults

Alright, so imagine this: John Krasinski, everyone’s favorite Jim from “The Office,” decides to bless us with a new movie called “If.” Sounds intriguing, right? Well, let me tell you, it’s a wild ride from start to finish.

Krasinski must have known that we were all craving some original storytelling and family-friendly fun, just like the good ol’ Disney days. So, he goes all out with “If,” rounding up a stellar cast of voice talent and flexing his visual muscle like he did in “A Quiet Place.”

But here’s the kicker – the end result is a bit like trying to get your pet cat to take a bath. It’s messy, chaotic, and you’re not quite sure what you’re doing.

The story kicks off with a girl and her dying mother, setting a pretty heavy tone right out the gate. Fast forward a few years, and now we’ve got 12-year-old Bea dealing with her dad’s hospital stint. It’s all very emotional and intense, especially thanks to young Cailey Fleming who steals the show.

While Bea’s dad is off getting surgery, she hangs out with her sweet Grandma and meets the charming Ryan Reynolds, who plays Cal. Oh, and Cal can see everyone’s Imaginary Friends, or IFs, which adds a whole new layer of weirdness to the mix.

Now, why Bea can also see these IFs is a mystery we’ll never quite crack. But hey, in a movie like “If,” you kind of just roll with it and hope for the best.

Almost immediately, Bea is on a whirlwind adventure through New York City, either reuniting IFs with their creators or finding them new pals. Sounds cute, right? Well, not quite. The whole thing feels a bit like a wet blanket that just won’t dry.

Krasinski throws everything he’s got at making “If” a hit, but it falls flat more often than a pancake dropped from a rooftop. And don’t even get me started on the musical number with Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good to Me.” It’s like chaos in musical form.

The humor never quite hits the mark, and the forced whimsy might be a bit too much for the kiddos in the audience. Plus, a twist towards the end feels so manipulative that it’s like cheating at a board game – not cool, John.

The star-studded cast, including Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, and Amy Schumer, all do their best to save the sinking ship. Steve Carell, in particular, shines, but he can only do so much with the script he’s given.

“In Lost” is a bit like trying to read a map without knowing which way is up. The subplots jump around like a kangaroo on a caffeine high, leaving us scratching our heads in confusion. And don’t even get me started on the missed opportunities with Grandma’s dancing past. It’s a swing and a miss.

At the end of the day, “If” tries its best to tug at your heartstrings and deliver a message about imagination and family bonds. But it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole – it just doesn’t quite work.

So, in conclusion, “If” is a well-intentioned mess that might leave you scratching your head more than anything else. But hey, at least it’s got heart, right? Just maybe not the right execution.

So, go ahead and give it a watch if you’re feeling adventurous. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some hidden gem amidst the chaos. And if you do, be sure to spread the word. Sharing is caring, after all.

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