After the phenomenal success of the Noah Centineo and Lana Condor starrer To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, all of us rejoiced the announcement of a sequel for the movie that is based on Jenny Han’s bestselling book. This sequel, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”, directed by Michael Fimognari, surely has been one of the most anticipated movies on Netflix for 2020. On 12th February, when Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Covey returned to the screens with their insane chemistry, I took some popcorn and started watching the movie so that I can review it for you guys later. Now I have decided to share my opinions on this movie and tell you if it’s worth the 1-hour-and-42-minutes-watch or not!
“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” sees the return of the main characters Peter, Lara Jean, Kitty (LJ’s sister), Dr. Covey (LJ’s dad), and Lara Jean’s two best friends---Chris and Lucas. I found Noah Centineo’s portrayal of Peter in this movie to be somewhat of a lackluster compared to how he made this character into an international heartthrob in the first movie of the franchise. Lana Condor played Lara Jean in her usual sweet, cute way and I have absolutely no complaint with her acting, but the crown is surely snatched by newcomer Jordan Fisher who plays John Ambrose McLaren, Lara Jean’s sixth-grade crush. Jordan’s dreamy eyes, cutesy outfits, and slight smile, I believe, will steal your heart just as easily as it did mine. Kitty is played by Anna Cathcart and God, I love her witty replies and hilarious bickerings with her elder sister, Lara Jean. Janel Parrish is visible in some of the scenes as LJ and Kitty’s elder sister who stays in Scotland. This time, the movie amped up its production cost because it took in two big names—Ross Butler and Maddie Ziegler who need no further mention. And you must look out for Stormy, played by Holland Taylor, an eccentric grandmom with some serious knowledge in fashion!
The second movie in the “To All the Boys” franchise begins with Lara Jean getting ready for a dreamy date with Peter, who is now her boyfriend. I found the opening scene of this movie to resemble that of the previous one where Lara Jean was lost in a fantasy novel and here, she is lost in a romantic song, only to be brought back to reality by her sister Kitty. Then Peter arrives with a bouquet of flowers, and off they go to a fancy restaurant for a dinner date. Then the movie introduces us to Lara Jean’s insecurities because she knows even though she has never had a boyfriend before and she is experiencing all her firsts with Peter, Peter has been with Gen before and his firsts weren’t with her. This constant worry was eating at her when John Ambrose arrived into her life and LJ was soon contemplating her decision to be with Peter. A series of events follow this, and we finally come to a point where LJ must choose between John Ambrose and Peter. Lara Jean’s mistakes, her insecurities, and the complications in her relationship with Peter form the base of this movie. In a nutshell, we get to see a budding love story that is torn apart by some misunderstandings and threatened by the advent of John Ambrose, and finally, Lara Jean makes her choice between the two men and learns to accept her shortcomings and the fact that no relationship is perfect.
What I Liked About the Movie/ What I Did Not
#1 In no way is “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” a flawless masterpiece but it gives a nice insight into a teenage relationship that has its unbecoming and is still beautiful. The nuances of a romance at the budding age of sixteen are highlighted in this movie and I loved that fact a lot.
#2 Jordan Fisher’s portrayal of John Ambrose takes the movie one step further with his easygoing manner and handsome looks. We do not see him a lot through the duration of the movie but every moment when he graces the screen seems so much better.
#3 I love the easy dynamic between Lara Jean, Margo, and Kitty. The younger sisters video called the older one to learn how to wear the traditional Korean dress for a family event and their father stopped at the doorstep to admire his beautiful daughters. That was one of the best scenes in the movie.
#4 Noah Centineo’s acting disappointed me a lot since I was expecting so much more from him, based upon his performance in the first film. I agree, he did not have that many lines and not much of a screen space since it was more about Lara Jean in this movie but still, I think he could have been better.
#5 I wish the director made more of an effort and included more scenes to help us understand the characters better and relate to them in a deeper sense. It felt like the movie started and ended in the blink of an eye and that is probably because the screenwriting lacked depth.
My Final Thoughts on This Movie
If you are looking for a sweet, cute, easygoing an-hour-and-a-half long watch, you should definitely go for “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”. Sure, it isn’t as good as the first movie in the series but still, you could give it a chance. If I gave 8 out of 10 to the first movie, this one would probably get a 6 out of 10 rating from me. If you have watched the movie, do share your thoughts on it in the comments below and if you think you have different opinions than mine, do share them too. Go watch this movie right now if you haven’t already and don’t forget to spread the word by sharing my review with your friends. Have a nice day!