IF (2024) Film Review


When you were growing up, did you have an imaginary friend? If so, can you remember who and what it was? John Krasinki’s, IF, may just be the film that helps you remember, as he brings to life a beautifully compelling tale of humanity, innocence and childhood joy! Discover what we thought of the film and celebrate your imaginary friend all over again!

Good Morning Lovelies, 

When you were growing up, did you have an imaginary best friend? I definitely did! I also, and this is me being very honest, used to believe that my cuddly toys could hear me and talk to me. As I’ve grown up, this has obviously left my imagination,as reality stepped in. Yet, it fills me with a sense of sadness that our innocence has slowly disappeared, taking our imaginary friends with it. However, in the light of the darkness, a new feature has been created by the genius, John Krasinki, which may just bring it back. 

IF, which stands for imaginary friend, is a story about Bea (Cailey Fleming), a young girl, who discovers a new found ability to see IFs who have been left behind by the children who used to connect to them. After finding out that her neighbour, Cal (Ryan Reynolds), can also see them, the pair join up to help reunite the IFs with the people who created them. Along the way, they meet lots of friendly faces, including Blue, voiced by Steve Carrell, who all have a heart warming story to tell. 

The film is very much a family affair. Children will love seeing the innocent characters come to life, whilst adults will enjoy the sense and idea that it is okay to imagine and dream, no matter what age you are. Much like how Inside Out left us emotional through the character of Bing Bong, this film will make sure you don’t leave the cinema without the certainty that you want to remember that childhood creation that you once had in your mind. 

Whether it be a big blue cuddly monster or a glittery unicorn, the simplicity of the film makes you crave to know more. To be young and curious again. In just 104 minutes, it manages to make sure an enjoyable viewing experience that the time flies by. 

With an all-star voice cast and fantastic on-screen pairing, the actors bring to life a story that is an open hearted beauty. Plus, you are often spent wondering who is the voice behind each character, which makes it even more entertaining. Especially when you find out that Bradley Cooper plays a glass of ice cold water called Ice. 

Overall, the film is a true joy to watch and one that our little blogger, Lola and her mum, found to be heartfelt and moving upon watching it at an early screening. They enjoyed it so much that Lola even got kitted out, head to toe, in everything to do with the film to celebrate it. Honestly, this is going to be the newest craze that kids will love and it is very much worth it! 

5 Stars

Joey X

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