Here’s my review for each book in the To All The Boys series:
SPOILER REVIEW COMING UP
I have just watched this movie and AHH the romantic and swoony feels are coming, especially since tomorrow, February 14th is Valentines Day. Happy Valentines Day, guys! ❤
I watched the first movie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a few days ago just to get the excitement and later compare it with the second one when it comes out. I could not deny that I had HIGH expectations with this second movie because the first one was great with its character development and writing and how it stayed original to the book.
To be frank, I am kind of disappointed with this movie. It feels different and flat if we compare it to the first one. Maybe its because they switch directors so the direction of the story is different.
All in all, I enjoy the movie nonetheless. It is not entirely a bad film because there are still many great parts in the film that were similar to the book. My complaint is I wish the movie is longer and I want more of John Ambrose McClaren’s screen time. I understand that the movie cannot afford to follow exactly by the rule book but at least give John more time with Lara Jean. I’ve been always #TeamJohn since 2015 so seeing him on screen for the first time with Lara Jean is a grand moment for all of John fans. Jordan Fisher plays the role so perfectly. He is really into the book character of John Ambrose McClaren as he is totally sweet, handsome and down-to-earth guy that we all know. If the movie want us to be confused on rooting for #TeamPeter or #TeamJohn, they have done a great job.
The other new characters that we are introduced to; Stormy played by the wonderful Holland Taylor and Trina Rothschild played by Sarayu Rao. I just love Stormy as a friend to Lara Jean. She gives so many advice on life and especially on relationships. It is very sweet to see how Stormy cares for Lara Jean as she is truly craving for a maternal figure who she can get advice from about boyfriend issues. Ross Butler’s Trevor is also a great addition to the movie.
I would like to talk about my favorite parts of the movie. I just love Lara Jean and Peter K in this movie. I love their first moments together when they were official declare themselves as a couple. However, their relationship does not end well because they keep on fighting as Lara Jean is constantly trying to become a greater girlfriend from Gen to Peter and Peter has not stopped talking to Gen even after they have broken up. That part makes me stressed out the most. It is kinda tiring to see them arguing in this film but that makes them more mature and understand each other. The most heartbreaking moment in the film is when Lara Jean gives the necklace to Peter back. Oh my god the soundtrack for that exact moment is so gut-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. That happens to be my most favorite soundtrack in the film, which is Moral of the Story by Ashe.
I am also expecting for more Song sisters moments in this second film but they don’t really highlight it all at. However, I truly appreciate the Fakesgiving celebration and Korean New Year, just like in the book. I love that scene because it shows how family oriented the Song-Coveys is and how they truly value their time together as a family.
To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You may be the most character driven story so far, but it is not the best movie in the series.
Thank you Jenny Han for writing such a beautiful story for us to enjoy. I cannot wait for Always and Forever, Lara Jean to come out and I hope the third film will do justice!
My rating: 3.5/5 STARS