Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Release Date: August 2018
Where to catch it? Netflix
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was almost everything I hoped it would be. Like with most films, I knew that there would be bits cut out of it. I was mostly just looking forward to one of my favourite contemporary books being turned into a movie. I was not disappointed.
I thought that the acting of each character was pretty well done and quite true to the characters in the book. I really liked Lana Condor performance as Lara Jean and felt that she captured the character perfectly. I loved Lara’s style in this.
I really enjoyed the sisterly relationship between Lara Jean, Margot and Kitty. I just don’t think we quite saw enough of it in comparison to how much is shown in the books. I think that there could have been more opportunity for us to have seen the relationship between the sisters and for example, Kitty’s relationship with Peter, however the movie wasn’t really long enough to show us that (something I will talk a little more about later).
Now moving onto Peter Kavinsky. I felt that Noah played the character of Peter really well. He wasn’t quite what I imagined Peter to look like but now that I’ve watched the film, I can’t really imagine Peter looking any different. That’s how well he played the part of Peter in my opinion. I’m really just so happy with the performance of Lana and Noah and how well they really portrayed our main characters so well.
One of the things I was a little disappointed by is how much Gen was painted to be this huge villain, whereas in the books there’s a little more explanation behind why. I did think that actor did a great job of playing Gen though.
Also, just in case you missed it…Jenny Han made a cameo appearance during the movie and I was so happy to see her there. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be on the set and be featured in a movie based off of your book. I am just so happy for Jenny that she gets to see her book come to life. That is only something I can dream of.
I thought that the settings were fine. By that I mean, there’s only so many ways you show a high school. The settings were pretty accurate and how I imagined. The only thing that wasn’t what I imagined it to be is the Song Covey house, particularly Lara’s room, but that’s so minor that it barely even matters.
My biggest (and only) complaint about this movie is that it wasn’t long enough. It clocks it at just over an hour and a half, and of course the opening and closing credits were a part of that. I really wish that the film was longer as there were parts of the book that I wish could’ve been in it, such as Kitty’s relationship with Peter as mentioned earlier. I think I really noticed how short the movie actually was in the last 20/25 minutes. I saw the time left and thought ‘there is so much that has to happen in this time, how are they going to fit it all in?’. Obviously reading books takes more time than watching a movie so of course they were able to condense it all into 20/25 minutes, but I still felt like it should have been longer.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed this film and I will be watching it again for sure. I wanted to watch it less than 5 minutes after it had finished. Make sure you watch just after the credits as there is a scene that sets up for the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You. I would definitely recommend that you watch this film. Not just because it is good, but also because we should be supporting diversity in Hollywood and with the release of To All the Boys and Crazy Rich Asians around the same time, we should be showing our support for these movies so that we see more Asian representation in movies. Obviously the other bonus to supporting this particular movie is that we will hopefully get a sequel.
Have you watched To All the Boys yet? What did you think of it?