Reviews: Review of “Imaginary Friends” (“IF”), a film by John Krasinski with Ryan Reynolds

Reviews: Review of “Imaginary Friends” (“IF”), a film by John Krasinski with Ryan Reynolds
Reviews: Review of “Imaginary Friends” (“IF”), a film by John Krasinski with Ryan Reynolds

The director of the first two parts of the saga A silent place ventures into the universe of children’s/family films with much less interesting results.

imaginary friends (I.F., United States, 2024) Direction and script: John Krasinski. Cast: John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds, Cailey Fleming and the voices of Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, Awkwafina, Blake Lively, George Clooney and Matt Damon (in the original subtitled version). Music: Michael Giacchino. Photography: Janusz Kaminski. Distributor: UIP (Paramount). Duration: 104 minutes. Suitable for all audiences.

imaginary friends it lends itself very docilly to confusion. If it weren’t for the fact that the Paramount studio logo appears at the beginning, it could easily be the new Pixar feature film. Ultimately, the film directed by John Krasinski addresses with a bittersweet tone issues such as the passage of time, nostalgia, friendship and the rough edges of an adult world with little space to connect with the most playful sectors of the spirit. Whether or not it does so with the quality and subtlety of the jumping candle factory is another question.

The protagonist is Bea, a ten-year-old girl who, while her father (Krasinski himself) is hospitalized, discovers with her neighbor Cal (Ryan Reynolds) that she has the particular gift of seeing imaginary friends from all over the world. They are very different creatures, from flowers and unicorns to giant bears and astronauts, who in common have been forgotten by those who today are men and women wrapped in a tangle of responsibilities.

From that situation, Cal and Bea set up an “agency” to reconnect adults with their old “imaginary friends” (that’s where the original title comes from, which also proposes a play on words with “If…”, equivalent in Spanish to “what would have happened if…”). It won’t be an easy job, but they are willing to do anything to achieve it.

The film by the director of the first two installments of a place of silence It is less focused on comedy than on the search for emotion and father-son drama. A rather mild drama, since imaginary friends He knows very well that his target is the sub-10s. Perhaps they can see the magic of a film whose main merit is to remember so many others, most of them better.

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