Renee Zellweger has never had so much better fun in their own lives.
The following is a spoiler-free its consideration of this Netflix’s What/ If .
Contemplating a binge watch of Netflix’s What/ If this weekend? Rest assured, your interest in the most melodramatic television happen since ABC’s Revenge is not misplaced.
Outrageous and juicy, the 10 -hour restraint lines from Revenge author Mike Kelley is jam-packed with disloyalties, agreements, twistings, turns, and( sexy) astounds. The soapy sequence will bait you into soaking up every minute of its outlandish self-indulgence — delivering just enough real-world bite to leave you wanting that next episode.
Starring Renee Zellweger as evil venture capitalist Anne Montgomery, What/ If is essentially a gender-swapped, serialized form of the 1993 cinema Indecent Proposal.
Lisa and Sean Donovan, played by Jane Levy and Blake Jenner, are a happily married but financially restraint duo. Struggling to get their respective reveries of operating a successful medical startup and joining the San Francisco Fire Department off the dirt, the Donovans begin the series hopelessly out of options.
Enter Anne. She’s willing to give Lisa the $80 million dollars she needs to kickstart her company, but only if Jane is willing to give Anne one nighttime alone with Sean. Gasp!
According to Netflix, what adheres is a “neo-noir social thriller” that explores “what happens when acceptable people start doing intolerable things.” According to me, what follows is an impeccably crafted soap opera, with less self-awareness( and notably fewer surgical mesh PSAs) than its daytime competitors.
Playing out the majority of members of its dramatic spins with deadpan seriousnes, this world is serious about its stakes, and it wants nothing more than to have you along for the whole ride. What/ If stimulates large-scale moves early and often. Should you start to lose your investment, there are helpful signals posted at almost every intersection where your emotions might wander. Orchestral swells tell you when to cry. Shadowy confessions was talking about when to gasp. Romantic embracings tell you when to swoon.
Cast members similarly slide into their designated soapy stereotypes with commitment. Levy embodies her mousy-turned-ballsy underdog role, right down to the power bangs. Jenner takes his accolade husband/ dreamboat portion at face value , not even beginning to overthink it.
And then there’s Zellweger. An Academy Award winner with a massive time ahead of her, Zellweger can’t help but act circles around her co-stars — even when saddled with the series’ worst dialogue and most outlandish plot points.( Only an exceptional artist can oblige CEO vs. CEO fencing, indoor archery exercises, and the planning of an incident called “the detente” seem genuinely consequential .)
All in all, What/ If isn’t an excellent chip of television, but it is an excellent soap. If you’re into that kind of thing, then you’re in for a inferno of a weekend.
And if you’re not into that kind of thing? Just imagine … What/ If you two are?
What/ If is streaming on Netflix now .