I’m probably way too late now to talk about this movie, but seriously, I’ve been watching it like four times already and it’s not healthy. But considering I’ve been watching Love, Simon (2018) way more than that, I’d maybe take the statement back. I didn’t have a very high expectation when I was about to watch, as I haven’t read the book yet. But my timeline was crazily talking about this movie! SO, that’s where my expectation coming from! Without further ado, let’s get into the review, shall we?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Comedy, drama, romance
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Studios: Awesomeness Films & Overbrook Entertainment
Duration: 99 mins
Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.
First of all, this review will be coming from someone who’s never read the book before. I’ve saw couple of reviews earlier which stated they don’t like the book, but they really like the movie. Therefore, I don’t considered myself to be missed out that much. The movie, however, even as cheesy as it can be, is actually quite enjoyable. Let’s started about the plot. It’s decent and okay-ish (?) in my opinion, has a bit of fan fiction vibes, has commonly used characters (c’mon, a cute protagonist, a cool best friend, a popular evil antagonist, along with ’em boys), and predictable storyline. However, it works and it’s fun to watch. What you can do about it, really? Perhaps it’s the charming actors and actresses (beep beep, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo!) or talk about the power of buzz and viral marketing.
Aside from those commonly used characters, this movie got a few of authentic ones, actually. The chill, laid back and loving single father who apparently also works as gynecologist, check. The feminine, emotional and can be insensitive older sister who study abroad, check. The funny and sassy younger sister who accidentally makes Korean yogurt become a trend, check. Overall, I just love the Covey sisters (and dad!).
‘Cause the more people that you let into your life, the more that can just walk right out. -Lara Jean Covey
Now, let’s talk about the characters. I found it to be slightly annoying that they don’t dig deeper on certain characters’ personality, like Christine and Gen. Christine is actually an interesting one, although they’re being stereotypical and didn’t really showed us that much aside from her being super cool by saying super cool sentences in super cool tones wearing super cool outfit with her super cool hairdo and makeup after coming back from a super cool concert. We get it, okay. Christine is cool. No need for exaggerating. This sounds like I hated Christine, but I really don’t! I just disappointed because her character got so many potential. Gen, on the other side, is only shown as the evil ex-girlfriend. What do we know about her? She’s popular, she pursed her lips a lot (just like Emma Roberts’ tutorial on Jimmy Fallon) and surprise, surprise, she used to be the main character’s best friend (typical, much?).
Also, can we give appreciation for sets in this movie?! Lots of them are insanely gorgeous and make me want to live in it. However, the one that really stole the spotlight is going to be Lara Jean’s messy bedroom. What is minimalism? I don’t know her. Bring those 2012 bedroom inspo Tumblr-inspired back, please!
This movie is full with clever lines, even witty sometimes! This is my favorite interaction between Lara Jean and Peter:
Peter: I asked Kitty where to find those yogurt drinks you like so much. // Lara Jean: The Korean grocery store is all the way across town. // Peter: I know. So if I went all the way across town to get you something that you liked, then that means… // Lara Jean: You must really liked yogurt?
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Now, my questions are:
- Have you watch this movie? If so, what do you think about it?
- Have you read the book ? If so, how was it compared to the movie?
- Are you looking forward to watch this movie after reading my review? Let me know!