This past weekend we had two Asian focused films come out. Crazy Rich Asians (which I have yet to see), and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Luckily, the latter was a Netflix movie, so I watched it Saturday morning.
If you’re going to watch this movie, the firsts thing I suggest is reading the firsts two books in Jenny Han’s series by the same name. Though 99 minutes isn’t super long, the books are relatively fast reads, and there are elements from both in the movie. I was 2/3 of the way through PS I Still Love You when I watched the movie, and after finishing it, I realized there were even more bits in the movie than I realized.
Also, the movie ends with a character who is highly focused on in the second book, which got me excited. Maybe there will be a second movie? Netflix, please make it happen.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. It was easy to get swept up in the teen romance that Lara Jean crafts for herself, and focus on her struggles and family bonds more than anything going on personally. That’s one of the things I like most about these books as well; they’re a realistic escapism that doesn’t pull you too far out of the real world, but let’s you put your brain elsewhere.
The down and dirty plot is this; junior Lara Jean writes a letter every time she falls in love. The letter helps her get out of love, because once it’s sealed, addressed, and in her hat box, so are her feelings. She can focus on more important things. But when her letters are somehow mailed out, and the recipients talk to her about them, things get a little crazy.
Honestly, it’s just fun. It’s a great couple of books, and an awesome movie. I loved the fashion so much (if someone wants to help style me as a Lara Jean-Chris hybrid, I would not complain), and I think the casting was spot on. I think Margot (Lara Jean’s older sister) appeared too old for the role, but I know that being the eldest sister of three and taking care of the family, it makes sense that she would appear older. Everything about it felt right.
If you haven’t read the book, I suggest you start there. If you have, go watch the movie on Netflix. Don’t have an account? Sign up for the free trial or come to my apartment and we’ll watch it together!
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