Now, I am extremely late to reviewing this film, many months late. In fact I never normally review films but having watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before several times now I wanted to put all my thoughts into words.
This film is adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Jenny Han. It is safe to say I adore the To All the Boys series and have re-read them over and over again. So, when I found out that there would be a film adaption of the book I was on board instantly!
Lara Jean Covey has never had a boyfriend, but as most teenagers do, she has fantasied about romance for years. Lara Jean has even gone as far as to write letters to each of the crushes she has had since fifth grade. These letters are hidden away in a blue hatbox in her closet. When Lara Jean’s letters get mysteriously sent out without her knowledge, she doesn’t quite know what to do.
I went into this film with high expectations and was not let down a single bit! Having fallen in love with the book series I was cautious to see how they would adapt it to the screen but they did it excellently!
To All the Boys I’ve Love Before is an extremely lighthearted and fun film. I think this is one of the reasons that I have watched it over and over again, exactly like I did when reading the books. Both the books and the film adaptation are perfect if you want something to do that you don’t have to think too much about. Also, they are perfect if you need a bit of a pick-me-up.
This film also has fabulous Asian representation throughout. This is something a lot of people, including myself, hoped for. I have seen people talk about the fact that in the book the characters are Korean-American but the Covey family actresses in the film are either Chinese or Vietnamese rather than Korean. The film is packed full of Korean references though. For representation in a mainstream film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has wonder representation. Although, I do agree that if Korean-American actors were cast to play the Korean-American characters, it would have made the representation even better.
I fell in love with all the characters whilst reading the book series and I definitely did it all over again when it came to the film adaption. I adore the casting for the film. Lana Condor is exactly how I had envisioned Lara Jean in my head when I read the book a year earlier. Lana plays Lara Jeans excellently and I loved how she brought Lara Jean to life on the screen. I loved all the side characters castings too, they all did each character justice in my opinion. It is also safe to say like many people I fell in love with Noah Centineo and his portrayal of Peter Kavinsky. Again he is exactly how I envisioned Peter K and his acting is wonderful. I may be a little obsessed with both Lana Condor and Noah Centineo after watching this film.
This cinematography of this film is absolutely stunning and you can tell a lot of through has been put into this. The colours throughout the film are stunning and I feel make the film stand out from your typical “teen rom-com.” I am also a huge fan of the soundtrack that this film has and actually listen to it quite often whilst I’m at work.
Overall, I am a huge fan of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film adaption and I am sure that I will be watching it over and over again. I am even more excited about the fact the next book in the series is going to be adapted too! It is so nice to see a lot of YA books being adapted into films and I cannot wait for more in the future. If you are looking for a lighthearted, rom-com pick-me-up then To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is for you!