As a teenager who loves movies, I don’t remember the last time I got this excited about the release of a Netflix movie. Well apart from the fact that this particular movie is an actual continuation of the recent, TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED which won an MTV Movie award for best kiss last year. I have never really been a fan of romantic movies nor did I enjoy reading the famous Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet back in grade 9. I never thought love-based movies had that thing that would get me excited and anxious like a horror or sci-fi movie would. Starring the beautiful Lana Condor as the down to earth high school girl Lara Jean who “accidentally” fell in love in the first part of the movie, with Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), one of the famous and spontaneous sports players in the school.
From my point of view, reading a book and enjoying it, only to find out a year later that the storyline would be created into a movie, should be one of the most rewarding and exciting feelings in the world. When I was reading the book, I was a blind person always trying to figure out and imagine how the world looked like and as soon as the movie got released it felt like I had opened my eyes and was able see and feel almost every emotion felt by the characters, especially Lara. This continuation was a twist after the first part when Lara’s secret love letters that she wrote to all the guys she had a crush on at school were sent out to them by her little sister, Kitty (Anna Cathcart). Kitty felt she needed to add a little spark in Lara’s boring teenage life. Her goal was to add a bit of spice and drama into her high school life.
John Ambrose McLaren (Jordan Fisher) who was one of the guys Lara secretly admired happened to be the only one who didn’t respond to the letter because he had moved to a different school. That’s how the “P.S I still love you” part came to life from a book by Jenny Han. There were a few differences here and there but in the end the message never changed. Eventually, John who was very similar and seemed to be everything that Lara wanted ever since she was eleven, responded a few months later seeming to be grateful that she wrote a letter to him, however, her relationship with Peter had kicked off. So, this is basically the main conflict throughout the movie, whether Lara should go for the perfect boy of her dreams or the boy who makes her dreams come true. Because it is a modern love story movie, I didn’t feel like Lara and Peter’s relationship had that “death do us part” element to it. It was more of a “We are in this relationship because we had the opportunity to” type of thing.
And I think that’s basically what most, high school relationships are based on, which is why I won’t put too much fault on that part. I’m just glad that I was able to see from a different point of view how teenage relationships look like (laughs) and I would recommend that you do watch it if you are still a teenager and curious about love, but if you are not about that, then don’t because you will start searching for a different move before it even finishes.