“To All The Boys: Always and Forever” Movie Review


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Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kovinsky (Noah Centineo), made it to the end of the line of the movie series as an adaptation of Jenny Han’s trilogy “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” in “To All the Boys: Always and Forever.”

After two exciting movies where we did not know whether Lara Jean and Kovinsky were gonna make it, we got one that kept us on the verge of that feeling. This movie follows the couple through the struggle of being in senior year of high school and wanting to stay as close as possible for college. However, things change when they both apply to Stanford University and only one of them is accepted.

The on-screen dynamic connection between Condor and Centineo is one of the things that has kept us watching this movie since the beginning. We’ve been wanting to know what will happen next between the two of them. The movies have been a reminder of how cute it is to be young and in love. 

In the past movies the director, Michael Fimognari, has done an excellent job at connecting the movies to the books. In the second movie, they used chapter names to transition the narrative. In this final one, the visual style changes to where they use animated intertitles to transition from one place to another.

The animated style is also incorporated in a scene at the beginning of the movie, filmed at the Cafe-Yeonnam in Seoul, South Korea. The cafe is decorated in a way that makes you feel as if you were sitting on an actual cartoon. 

Katie Lovejoy, screenwriter for the film, made some adjustments from the pages to the screen that I disagree with. The fact that they used different universities than the ones used in the books made it seem like this movie was an advertisement for NYU and Stanford. 

The movie ends with a sequence of short clips of Lara Jean’s and Peter Kovinsky’s relationship from the beginning reminding us about all those good moments. If you are looking for a cheesy yet sweet movie to watch and maybe regain your hope at long-distance relationships this is a feel-good movie for that! 

The movie received a rating of 81 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and is now streaming on Netflix.