“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a new Netflix Originals Film based on the Young Adult Book of the same name written by Jenny Han. I haven’t read the book yet so I don’t really have anything to compare the movie to.
The movie starts with the main character in a field with a man… but it was all fantasy in her head – an imagination of a scenario in a book she’s reading. First of all, I think we’ve all done this more times than we want to admit. We imagine ourselves as the heroine of the book and of course, the hero of the book bears the face of our latest crush. And Lara Jean’s , the main character, latest crush is Josh who happens to be her sister’s boyfriend. But then Margo, Lara Jean’s sister, ends things between her and Josh. So, the dynamics of Lara Jean and Josh’s relationship has changed.
The conflict starts when Lara Jean’s love letters were sent to their supposedly recipient. These letters, however, were never really meant to be sent. She only writes these letters when she has a crush so intense that she just had to write her feelings down. So, anyways, her letters being sent led to her being able to reconnect with Peter who happens to be her first kiss back when they were still in middle school. Because Lara Jean doesn’t want Josh to really know her true feelings, Peter and Lara Jean starts to fake date. But… will their relationship be fake forever? Or will it turn something to more?
So, obviously, the plot contains lots of typical young adult tropes. Fake dating? Check. Innocent and invisible high school girl gets close to a jock?Check. Bitchy ex-girlfriend trying to ruin everything? Check. Falling in love with the boy next door? Check. It’s all so typical… and yet, I loved every second of it.
Lana Condor who plays the main character Lara Jean is really adorable. I think she perfectly portrayed a young girl discovering love for the first time. Because she’s perfect for the role, she made me remember and giggle about my first crushes. I may have a problem with her acting towards the end but I still really enjoyed watching her. Noah Centineo, on the other hand, was just swoon-worthy. He looks like a typical jock which is good but there’s really something about him that reels you in. I love his smile and his eyes. I can’t blame Lara Jean for writing a letter about him because those looks can just melt a girl’s heart.
Overall, I think this new Netflix Originals Film is perfect for young adults. If you’re like me who actually prefers to watch movies or read books in a Saturday night, this movie is very enjoyable. It’s also fun to watch with your family. Some moments will make you laugh out loud and giggle too. Enjoy!
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