'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' (2018) Review
New to the Netflix line-up and hotter than a sinner in church is teenybopper film To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Certainly not anything new or exciting but its relatability has people lined up around the block to watch it.
So why is it so appealing?
What's The Film About?
I consider myself a fully fledged horror enthusiast. But every so often, I find myself drawn to corny teen movies and get all nostalgic about my youth. To All the Boys I've Loved Before is about a girl who writes letters in the midst of a crush, hides them in a special box and reads them from time to time to gain perspective. Obviously, anyone who's ever kept a personal diary or written any kind of letter to anyone and not sent it, having those words exposed would be considerably uncomfortable. And this is the story surrounding this film.
Why Is It So Darn Appealing?
The cast is charismatic and non-vomit inducing. Even the baddies in this are enjoyable. For a film set around teenagers, their family life, and their school life, I didn't come across one character that was so overly typecast that I hated them for existing. If you weren't imagining John Corbett (who plays Dr. Covey) as your daddy or in a few other ways then you are (just wrong) or just aren't seeing what everyone else is seeing. Lara Jean (Lana Condor) is so wonderfully down to earth and easy going as a character I just felt at ease watching her muddle through the scenario. And her eyelashes...if false eyelashes don't become a 'thing' over this movie I will be totally surprised.
Did you enjoy the music while chillaxing to this? I did. The soundtrack was on-point.
Don't believe me? It's on Spotify.com for free! Listen to it and remember just how much the music was perfect for a film that gave appropriate nods to films you have already loved before (John Hughes anyone?) cough-cough Sixteen Candles (1984), Breakfast Club (1985) and many more coming of age flicks you can remember have subtle nods throughout this movie.
The Soundtrack is free to listen to on Spotify.com
- To All The Boys I've Loved Before Soundtrack - Netflix on Spotify
Free to listen to on Spotify
This is simply a film that has a little bit of everything for a little of everybody. It covers the scenario of loss within the family dynamic, the single parent struggles, the treacherous minefield of crushing on people you can't have and wraps it all up in an enjoyable rom-com about taking a chance outside of your comfort zone.
Was it Perfect?
Look, no... of course not. I spotted it, you spotted it but was it forgivable,?...yes. Let's go through a few points that I let slip by into the marshmallow of a movie that simply wasn't too sweet, too sticky or made me regret sitting there for 99 minutes.
The sister took the letters. I know it, you saw it. Her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish) made out like she was messy, but my toddlers make more mess than that on any given 45 minute period. I absolutely believe she was too flipped out about them missing to think of asking whether Kitty (Anna Cathcart) might have taken them, but I still think a conversation should have been brought up earlier than her admission to the deed.
- The spa scene. I have no issue with the scene itself but look, when they left that hot tub and went strolling back through the hotel, not a drop of water on her. I highly doubt they sat around outside after their love tryst. I'm very sorry but someone somewhere dropped the ball here.
- And that is all. Look I know Lara Jean doesn't look half Asian but hello? Those eyelashes are enough to pass it for me.
When is the sequel for TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE?
A sequel for To All The Boy's I've Loved Before is released 12th February 2020. Titled, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, the film will have a change of director with the original film's cinematographer at the helm. Michael Fimognari brings the story back to life and picks up where the first film left off.
I give To All The Boys I've Loved Before 4 adults are loving this too out of 5.
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