To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Movie Review

To All the Boys: Always and Forever tells a beautiful story of love, relationships, and growth, and gives Lara Jean and Peter a satisfying ending.

In 2018, Netflix debuted To all the boys that I fell in love with – a teen romantic comedy about fake dates and very real love letters – with massive success, and now the streaming service is wrapping up the trilogy with To all the boys: always and forever. Based on the third novel by Jenny Han To all the boys trilogy, Always and forever, Lara Jean, the film brings the series’ core romance to a kind of finale, all while tackling how that relationship is affected by big decisions in young people’s lives, like where to go to college. Michael Fimognari, who directed the second film in the series To all the boys: PS I still love you, redirects, this time from a script by Katie Lovejoy (The statistical probability of love at first sight). To all the boys: always and forever tells a beautiful story of love, relationships, and growth, and gives Lara Jean and Peter a satisfying ending.

In To all the boys: always and forever, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) are as solid as ever and are planning their futures together, including attending Stanford University after graduation. However, while Lara Jean travels to Korea with her family, her father Dan (John Corbett), his girlfriend Trina (Sarayu Blue) and her sisters Margot (Janel Parrish) and Kitty (Anna Cathcart), and New York City as Part of on a field trip, you find yourself re-evaluating what you really want for your life after high school. This forces Lara Jean and Peter to take stock of their relationship and whether they really want to try to make it work while they go to college, or whether they will go their separate ways.

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Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart and Lana Condor in To All the Boys Always and Forever

Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart and Lana Condor in To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Where the central drama of the previous two films revolved around love triangles between Lara Jean, Peter, and other guys, Always and Forever trade that for a different kind of decision that Lara Jean faces. Instead of choosing between two boys, she chooses between planning her life around being close to Peter or following his heart and dreams, even if it puts distance between them. This slightly different twist on To all the boys‘formula allows for a much cooler experience in Always and Forever, especially from PS I still love you It felt like a rehash of the first movie in many ways. It also allows Lovejoy’s script to further develop Lara Jean’s story as she grows up and has to make an even more adult decision than she did in the last film. Of course, Lara Jean is still very much the character audiences fell in love with in To all the boys. Even the different structure of Always and Forever (which is broken up into single chapters for various events like prom), along with the return of Condor’s warm and confidential voice-over, plays on the feeling that these films are Lara Jean’s diary, or her album clipping, so to speak. That means it maintains the hallmark of these films while putting a new enough twist on the story to deliver compelling developments.

While To all the boys: always and forever puts more emphasis on Lara Jean’s non-romantic relationships, this is still her and Peter’s story. And, as Condor and Centineo demonstrated from the very first film, they have the kind of romantic comedy chemistry to sustain a movie franchise for much longer than three installments if Netflix so wishes, with their sweet, easy affection for one another. practically bright on screen. Centineo is still effortlessly charming as Peter Kavinsky, playing an (perhaps) idealized and endlessly supportive boyfriend of Lara Jean who feels completely different from many romantic leads, probably because the character is clearly created from and for a feminine gaze. . But, it is still Condor who floats Always and Forever at such sweet heights, playing the central pillar around which the film spins and loading exceptionally well. The two leads are surrounded by their strong supporting cast, with Corbett and Blue standing out especially as they mentor Lara Jean de Condor, while Cathcart and Parrish are great at bringing the multifaceted Covey sister dynamic to life.

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in To All the Boys Always and Forever

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in To All the Boys: Always and Forever

By last, To all the boys: always and forever manages to keep much of what worked in the previous films, while also offering something fresh and new for those who may have grown tired of the series’ tropes on PS I still love you. The story and its ending are as sweetly hopeful and in love with love as the first two films, with Always and Forever giving viewers the perfect escape in the dead of winter around Valentine’s Day. It has a lot of romance, plus enough coming-of-age drama to make the story compelling and a soundtrack as good and varied as To all the boys Y PS I still love you. With even more K-pop than the last movie and a trip to Korea, Always and Forever He also continues to honor and explore Lara Jean’s Korean roots (although, three movies later, it seems frustrating that no one in this franchise knows how to properly make a sheet mask). There are also nods to Han’s book, including Lara Jean’s quest to perfect her chocolate chip cookie recipe, as well as a cameo from Han herself, though these aspects may not be necessary for the overall story. Still, there is something in Always and Forever for all Lara Jean and Peter fans.

As such, To all the boys: always and forever It’s a perfect watch for the Valentine’s Day season, whether it’s for couples looking for a romantic watch, or anyone who wants a fun, light-hearted, and ultimately very sweet escapist rom-com. It is certainly good that Always and Forever filmed at the same time as PS I still love you, which means that the production could travel the world and film its sequences of Korea and New York City on location, which now seems practically impossible. These scenes are also as romanticized as everything else in Lara Jean’s life, adding another layer to the escapism of Always and Forever, which reaches the nearly one-year mark of a global pandemic. But while the past year has seen a dearth of blockbuster and just plain fun movies, To all the boys: always and forever delivers a heartbreakingly sweet, warmly joyful, and charmingly hopeful romance that brings a much-needed breath of relief amid this cold, bleak winter.

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To all the boys: always and forever premieres on Friday, February 12 on Netflix. It is 116 minutes long.

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Our rating:

4 of 5 (Excellent)

  • To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021)Release date: February 12, 2021

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