WHAT / IF - A very, very good series.
If you’re looking for a noir thriller that simply encapsulates what a tip-top example in this genre should consist of in 2019, then WHAT / IF is it.
When you see the ‘Warner Bros.’ logo at the beginning, prior to the first episode commencing, you quickly realise what’s at stake here, as some of the the chosen apartments, locations (San Francisco is where they’re primarily based) & backdrops are extremely easy on the eyes and that’s always a bonus. Watching this show felt like it had come straight off a conveyor belt that delivers intricate dialogue, scenes of love, deceit and betrayal & key moments of overcoming ones past/present. WHAT / IF exudes class & style from the word ‘go’.
Mike Kelley, the creator, has come up with something so insatiable, I couldn’t help but feel he truly has shaken things up on Netflix and other online streaming platforms for that matter & that’s quite the observation, especially when it’s described by Netflix as ‘‘Desperate to secure funding for her med tech startup, an idealistic scientist and her husband strike an outrageous deal with a mysterious investor’’. Well, the mysterious investor is Anne Montgomery, played by Renée Zellweger & what an outstanding job Renée has done portraying such a complicated, driven & calculated character. If/when you watch it, you’ll see what I mean, but if you don’t think you’ll ever find the time, then let’s just say it’s one of the best, if not the best, acting masterclasses I’ve ever seen from Renée. She simply nails it.
The scientist, Lisa, played by Jane Levy, is also the founder/rocket ship who is determined to launch her company into the stars & Blake Jenner, who assumed the role of Lisa’s husband, Sean, gives you that lasting impression you would typically expect, but that’s not without good reason. Lisa, in particular, has some great moments of wit, intellect and intuition & her brother Marcos, played by Juan Castano, really does drive a different/parallel story/avenue all the way through without losing and/or boring you. I actually find myself hard pressed to mention anyone that didn’t deliver/play their part with great execution & to find anything that didn’t interest me. However, please note that due to this type of genre, there are moments of ‘cheese’, but it comes part and parcel with what you’re getting, i.e., the genre, so you have to accept it for what it is.
Sometimes it’s refreshing to watch a TV show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and firmly lives in it’s own fantasy/world. That’s the whole reason why we watch some TV shows at times, right? We want to be scooped away into the moment we’re watching, therefore, roll on the nice cars, great locations & realising/achieving of dreams/goals, among other more precarious and sinister scenarios. None of what we watch is real, in this instance (as far as I am aware!), so why not explore the extremities of life changing events & the damn right outrageous. WHAT / IF on Netflix is the definition of bringing someone’s exciting and enthralling story to life & I, wholeheartedly, approve.