Hello everyone! before I start my rambling, some of you may have noticed that I’ve been somewhat inconsistent in my posting recently. I’m definitely not giving up on this blog, but it has become harder to post each week. A fair warning that I may start to post every two weeks. Thank you all for your support *hugs*. Now let’s get to the post!
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before is a Netflix original film, based on the book by Jenny Han. It stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parish and is directed by Susan Johnson. It’s rated TV-14 and was released August 17th of 2018. Its length is 99 minutes.
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before is the perfect mix of funny, awkward, and cute. I absolutely LOVED this movie, and honestly it’s now one of my all time faves (up there with Love, Simon.)
This movie did SUCH an amazing job of staying true to the book while still remaining entertaining. Don’t get me wrong, To All the Boys I Loved Before was one of my favorite romance novels, and still is! But when a book transitions into a movie–three things can happen.
The first is what I like to call the Percy Jackson Disaster. The movie takes some themes and the copyrights of the main characters, and turns it into its own disastrous film. Losing its target (giant) fanbase and producing a trashy movie that the rest of the audience wouldn’t want to watch anyway.
The second is when the movie stays too true to the book. This is obviously much better than the Percy Jackson Disaster. Book fans can enjoy the movie but there is something just… off about the whole thing. Books and movies are similar art forms (in the way of the type of stories that are told) but one is visual while the other is descriptive. Transferring a book into a movie the EXACT way the book was written isn’t the best way to go about it. The book relies on the character’s inner narratives to drive the story more than a movie does, while a movie uses more visual arts to move the story along. If you try to make a book a movie, then the movie will feel dry and boring.
This movie did the third option. This is what I like to call the ‘Success-Bam-Diddley-Dunnit’ option. This is when the movie stays true to the characters, theme, and important scenes of the book while also managing to turn it into its own story. What’s incredible is that while the movie missed many of the somewhat key scenes for the book, nothing felt left out and I got the same vibe. I was fangirling so hard throughout the whole movie like?? Holy crap I fell in love with Peter and Lara-Jean’s relationship all over again. THEY ARE SO CUTE!!! Honestly I didn’t realize how much I related to Lara-Jean. It’s kind of crazy, at times she was basically speaking my inner monologue. Peter–if possible–was even more lovable on screen. And them together??? *cue wholesome Kermit memes*
I love those.
The movie manages to keep a healthy balance of cute, funny, and serious themes without ever having a low point in the movie. The soundtrack was awesome too!
The following slides have somewhat mature language for this blog. I’ll let you know when it’s over if you don’t want to read!
Now, just some appreciation screenshots for Lana Condor (Lara-Jean) and Noah Centineo (Peter) because they are both beautiful and talented human beings.
I give this movie 5 stars out of 5!
I was 100% confident that I’d written a review on this book, and was going to provide a link to it here, but apparently I didn’t… Apologies to all! I would have given it 5 stars! 😉