To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Movie Review

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Here’s my review for each book in the To All The Boys series:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

P.S. I Still Love You

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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

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Sabrina

[Movie Review] Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

p13663846_p_v8_agTHIS IS MY INITIAL THOUGHTS AFTER WATCHING THE FILM

Directed by: David Yates
Writer: JK Rowling
Based on the characters created by: JK Rowling
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, Johnny Depp


Now how do I review this without spoiling the movie so much? LOL

Crimes of Grindelwald takes place in 1927, three months after the event of the first film. I go into the cinema with such low expectations, thinking that the movie would be bad and bland, but I am absolutely blown out-of-the-way!

We get to see all of the characters from the first Fantastic Beast film and it is great to see them again on-screen after two years of waiting. A lot of new characters are introduced as well, such as Leta Lestrange, Theseus Scamander, Nicolas Flamel and my most favourite character, Albus Dumbledore. We get to see Gellert Grindelwald’s actions really well in the movie, as he is progressively dominating the world and people around him. It is refreshing to watch some of the characters on-screen that are sometimes mentioned in the books.

The plot is certainly interesting but it raised many questions instead of answers. It pains me that we have no way other than to wait for the next film to search for answers. I really hope that the waiting is worth it.

The setting of the movie is also different from the previous film, this particular film sets in London, Paris and also Hogwarts. When the soundtrack and scene of Hogwarts come into view, I cried because it has been such a long time we have seen Hogwarts on the big screen. The surroundings and students makes me feel home. It makes me miss Harry, Ron and Hermione more.

The most meaningful part of this film is the reunion between the characters. All of them have been separated for a quite of time, seeing them together again is totally a moment of triumph. Watching the movie feels like learning and starting about the Wizarding World all over again. It’s because this franchise is not based on books or written materials, so viewers are constantly being surprised by the story and plot twists. I honestly like it this way because it gives you the chance to expect the unexpected. It forces you to think out of the box. It makes me even excited to watch theory videos from Super Carlin Brothers after this!

There are many surprised, happy, damn-hilarious, sad and WTF moments in the movie. This movie is an epitome of roller coaster of emotions. It is both fun and light to watch a movie without too much of action, because all of the hilarious parts of the movie have balanced it all.

We also see a move of diversity in the film. The world and characters are in a different spectrum compared to the Harry Potter universe. More people of colour casts are involved in the film, showing the world is indeed inclusive with other cultures as well.

Personally, I really don’t mind watching and immersing myself in this new world. I totally appreciate new content from JK Rowling. I know people have been very vocal about JK Rowling messing up with this world and it seems a lot of things that JK Rowling has added and done to this new world is very much contradicting to the Harry Potter universe. I at times, question the canonicity of this universe, with such opposing information in this movie compared to what we have initially learnt in the books. Like Professor McGonagall’s cameo? The ending? After thinking about the film, I wish all of that would have not happened.

Anyway, as fans, I really hope that this franchise will be successful as the Harry Potter. I absolutely love this film, more than the first one. I would totally watch it again for the second time, for better understanding and research purposes. My advice is to watch it by yourself, without thinking too much of people’s critical review on this film. If you are a Harry Potter fan by heart, I can guarantee that you will love this as much I do.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the movie too! Are you excited or unimpressed?

My rating: 4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Sabrina