Movie review: IF by John Krasinski starring Ryan Reynolds & Cailey Fleming

IF is a heartfelt and enchanting family movie that captivates from start to finish. With its imaginative premise, endearing characters, and universal themes, it’s a film that appeals to audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a parent looking for wholesome entertainment for your children or simply someone in need of a dose of nostalgia and wonder, IF delivers on all fronts. With its blend of humour, heart, and whimsy, it’s a cinematic experience that leaves a lasting impression, reminding us of the magic that lies within our own imaginations.

We went as a family and to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie despite the fact I haven’t been a kid for twenty years pleasing my inner child. The clever animation coupled with the camaraderie made it enjoyable to watch for all ages. IF is in cinems from 17 May 2024.

The Story 

In IF, John Krasinski crafts a heartwarming tale that explores the world of abandoned imaginary friends. Set in a universe where these cherished companions are real entities seeking connection, the film follows a young girl who discovers her ability to perceive these forgotten figments. With a star-studded cast, including Krasinski himself, Ryan Reynolds, Steve Carell, Emily Blunt and lots of big stars’ cameos, IF promises a magical adventure that looks into the essence of childhood wonder and the enduring power of imagination.

The Trailer & London Mums’ esclusive interviews behind the scenes  

On the purple carpet of “IF” Paramount flick with John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw & Cailey Fleming

The Verdict

IF strikes a perfect balance between fantasy and heartwarming storytelling. John Krasinski’s passion for the project shines through every scene, evident in the meticulous attention to detail and the heartfelt performances from the cast. Whether you’re a child or simply young at heart, IF is a cinematic experience that will leave you enchanted and uplifted. With its universal themes of friendship, belonging, and the beauty of imagination, it’s a film that resonates long after the credits roll.

IF movie poster

IF boasts a diverse ensemble of characters, each brought to life with charm and depth by the talented cast. From the lovable purple creature called Blue (even if it is purple) voiced by Steve Carell to the quirky animal-themed IFs dreamed up by John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw, and Cailey Fleming’s characters, the film is populated by a delightful array of personalities. Ryan Reynolds shines as the affable neighbour who joins the young girl on her adventure, adding his trademark wit and charm to the mix. With voices provided by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., and many more, each character brings something unique to the table, making IF a truly memorable cinematic experience.

At its core, IF is a celebration of imagination, friendship, and the innocence of childhood. Through the eyes of the young protagonist, audiences are reminded of the magic that resides within the imagination and the importance of holding onto it, even as we grow older. The film also explores themes of loneliness, belonging, and the power of connection, as the characters embark on a journey to reunite forgotten IFs with their creators. With its heartfelt message and universal appeal, IF resonates on a deeper level, offering viewers a poignant reminder of the joys of being young at heart.

John Krasinski’s directorial prowess shines in “IF,” with each frame meticulously crafted to transport audiences into a whimsical world of wonder and discovery. From the vibrant visuals to the seamless blend of live-action and CGI, the film is a visual feast for the eyes, immersing viewers in a fantastical universe where anything is possible. With its high production values and attention to detail, IF is a testament to Krasinski’s talent as both a filmmaker and storyteller.

London Mums’ Rating: 9/10 

IF receives high praise from London Mums magazine’s young and less young reporters for its ability to capture the essence of childhood wonder while delivering a touching narrative that appeals to audiences of all ages. With its stellar cast, captivating storyline, and enchanting visuals, IF is a must-watch for families seeking a magical escape into the world of imagination.

London Mums’ young reporter Rohan Singh Badh (12) sent us his review of IF:

“Hi! My name is Rohan Singh Badh I am 12 years old and I was lucky to be invited to watch IF at Cineworld in Leicester Square. When I was watching this movie I remembered having lots of imaginary friends at my tea party when I was younger. I used to lay out the table cloth, sit the teddies and action hero up and give them each a tea cup with pretend food. I used to sit there chatting away to them as IF they were real, but in my imagination they were. We ate real jam sandwiches and drank pretend tea, I even remember telling them to eat their ‘tawberries’ as I couldn’t pronounce strawberries.”

On the purple carpet of “IF” Paramount flick with John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw & Cailey Fleming

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