To all the boys I’ve loved before – Review

Genre   Romantic, Teen
Directed by   Susan Johnson
Starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor, Trezzo Mahoro, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Israel Broussard
Released on August 17, 2018 (United States)
Duration 99 minutes
Channel Netflix

In the past few years Netflix has began to produce original content – resulting in some of the best movies and TV shows I have seen. To all the boys I’ve loved before certainly falls in that category.

To all the boys I’ve loved before revolves around two people, Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky, who get into a pretend relationship with each other for their own personal gains. Lara wants to avoid another boy, and Kavinsky is looking to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. It all begins when Lara Jean’s letters – which she writes whenever she has an intense crush on someone – leak and get sent to all five boys she loved before. One of them happens to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend, the guy she wants to avoid.

To all the boys I’ve loved before  stars are Lana Condor as Lara Jean, the invisible high schooler, and Noah Centineo, as Peter Kavinsky, the jock,. I began watching To all the boys I’ve loved before with no expectations apart from it being a cheesy, guilty pleasure. However, I came out of it surprised and impressed by the quality of this film, the plotline and most importantly, the characters. For years, several production companies have attempted to replicate the success of High school musical which has now become a classic teen romance musical film that even today’s kids love to watch. However, none have even gotten close to the success, love and following that movie has received. I can safely say, To all the boys I’ve loved before has gotten extremely close to that compared to any other film!

I genuinely enjoyed To all the boys I’ve loved before and found myself deeply feeling for Lara Jean because she was very relatable! Charming, Peter Kavinsky is extremely hard to not appreciate either. To all the boys I’ve loved before has achieved what several films like The kissing booth or Reality High failed to do – create layered, human characters that the audience can associate themselves with. Lara Jean is not the typical high-school invisible girl – she talks, behaves, reacts like most of us would. She is not incredibly shy – she is smart, funny and is facing the struggles of being a teenager like so many of us! She wants to learn how to drive, how to cook, how to behave at parties and most of all, be a great older sister and set an example. Lana Condor, you would have seen her in X-men apocalypse, portrays the character of Lara Jean and she undoubtedly nails it. The nuances are something to look out for.

Kavinsky, is a not just a good-looking jock. He seems to be a boy who, just like Lara Jean is a teenager who is trying to understand himself and his life. He is sweet, nice, funny and caring. He is indeed reserved in the beginning, but learns to open up and let go of the strings holding him back, very similar to Lara Jean. Noah Centineo of The Fosters, portrays the character with great care and makes it a very relateable character. Amidst the overacted, sometimes very cringy leads of so many teen movies, these two are a breath of fresh air. Recently, dingy schools, with extremely mean girls and unpleasant jocks have become a thing. There is so much hate in those high-school environments along with unbelievable characters that make it a boring, predictable film. To all the boys I’ve loved before is refreshing, promising and leaves you wanted for the sequel. The chemistry between these two characters is wonderful – they are friends, lovers and most of all, they support one another and help each other grow.

Apart from this, the cinematography and lighting are carefully crafted and each frame is a conscious artistic choice which adds to the storytelling. Even the colors and the set designing is something to look out for. Although her room is dressed as a typical teenagers room, you can see the vibe they are going for is very different from the quintessential ‘high school girl’ vibe. There is a lot of blue and yellow in the scenes which gives a pop look, which is consistent throughout the film. It is a stylized, well-developed film.

Overall, To all the boys I’ve loved before is a must watch and will keep you hooked till the very end!

Video credit – Netflix | YouTube

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