Would I really be me if I did not post a film review for Always and Forever? I’ve posted reviews for both To All the Boys and P.S I Still Love You before, so it only seems fitting to commemorate the ending of the series with a final film review. As I am writing this I am just starting my 4th watch through of the film (it has only been 2 days, HELP ME!), so as you can tell I’m quite obsessed with this series and movie. Here is my review!
This film is adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Jenny Han. I do not think I can put into words how much I love this series and how much they mean to me. I can re-read and re-watch them over and over again. Of course I re-watched the first two films in the series and re-read the last book prior to watching this, so it was as fresh in my mind as it could be. I could not wait to watch this film after waiting what felt like forever and my goodness, I loved it so much!
As Lara Jean Song Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a set of life-changing trips leads her to reimagine what life with her family, friends and Peter will look like after she graduates.
Of course I went into watching this film with high expectations and was quite worried but luckily I was not let down at all! I was a little sad that a couple of aspects of the book were missed out from the film, but I still loved it. The third book has slowly but surely become my favourite in the entire series and its film counterpart has joined it on the top spot for me. I can see this being a film series I return to for years to come!
I cannot put into words what it is about these films and books and how much of a comfort blanket they are for me. I can tell you now I will be doing To All the Boys marathons a lot in the future.
As always, the acting in this film was excellent and I loved watching the characters develop throughout. Getting to watch Lara Jean and Peter grow as a couple throughout this film makes my heart very happy. We get to see Lara Jean really grow as a person in this film and it is inspirational and just wonderful.
Once again the acting is excellent and I loved seeing the characters develop as well as new characters being introduced. Watching Peter and Lara Jean develop as a couple makes me so happy and just watching them grow on screen makes me so happy. I adored getting to know more about Trina Rothschild in this film and watching her look out for the Covey sisters.
I have to mention how I throughly enjoyed the short and sweet look at the character Dipti who in the books is John Ambrose’s girlfriend. I would have loved to see a bit about that little couple. Lucas at prom brought tears to my eyes and so did the relationship that Chris and Trevor have! It is all round amazing when it comes to characters and acting. Thank you so much to all the cast for bringing such important characters to me to life in such an amazing and beautiful way.
Always and Forever does miss out on some things that I would class as important parts of the book. I can see why they missed these out or changed them but I would have loved to see them as they were in the book. For example, the entire ‘beach week’ period of time is completely missed out and I feel this is a huge part of the book. Also the Korea trip is at the beginning of the film and includes Trina and Dan when in the book this happens at the end of summer and is just the three Cover sisters.
One part of the book I am really sad was not included was the bachelor and bachelorette parties. I loved this section of the book and how Peter plans Dr. Covey’s bachelor party. I would have absolutely loved to see this in the film. Also I cannot forget the way Dr. Covey proposes to Trina in the book. I loved that so much but I have to say the way in happens in the movie is adorable as well.
The cinematography in this film is stunning. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the way things are shot and the film sets. I loved the colours throughout the film and I will forever stand by my thought that this is what makes the films stand out from your typical ‘teen rom-com’. The soundtrack for this film was instantly added to my Spotify and I love it a lot!
Overall, I am a big fan of the To All the Boys: Always and Forever film adaption and you can count on me watching it over and over again. Thank you so much to the cast and especially Jenny Han for bringing my favourite series into the world. I appreciate it a whole lot. 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: Always and Forever is for you!