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When Netflix released its official trailer for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the Internet exploded with excitement at this highly-anticipated adaptation of Jenny Han’s best-selling novel. From the trailer, the movie looked astounding. With its aesthetic shots of a classic diner, heart-warming humor, terrific lead actress, and overall genuine sweetness, it’s no wonder why this trailer captured the hearts of many and resulted in lots of expectant viewers. However, as with every hyped movie, one question must be wondered: Did the movie really live up to its expectations?

On August 17, 2018, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was officially released on the Netflix platform. Starring Lana Condor, the movie follows Lara Jean Song Covey, a somewhat introverted teenager with a secret. Having always been a shy girl, Lara Jean could never muster up the courage to make new friends, much less be able to tell her adolescent crushes how she felt about them. So, to deal with the overwhelming infatuation she felt for these said crushes, she wrote them each a letter. There’s Lucas “from homecoming,” Kenny “from camp,” Peter “the most popular guy in school,” John Ambrose “from model U.N.,” and Josh, her sister’s boyfriend. But, these letters were never meant to be mailed; just secretly kept in a box above her closet. However, this super safe hiding spot was comprised when Lara Jean’s letters were mysteriously mailed, and her world turned upside down as all the boys from her past finally find out how she felt about them. How will she ever get past this embarrassing situation?

Now, I know that this review is pretty late. Almost two months late, if you want to be precise. But, in my defense, I did watch this movie the weekend it came out. It was 2am and I was in my bed, crying over how sweet Peter is to Lara Jean. However, other assignments came up and I had to push the review for this movie back. And, truthfully, a part of me did not want to write a review on this movie because I wanted to keep this exceptionally cute, funny, and sweet film to myself. But, I rewatched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before this past weekend (had another good cry at how adorable Peter is) and knew that a review was necessary.

To put it simply, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before did live up to all of its positive expectations. When I first watched the trailer for this movie, I was not thoroughly impressed. Whereas everyone on Twitter was excited over this film, I did not fully understand the appeal of it. It seemed like another stereotypical, boring romantic comedy to me. Nonetheless, I was drastically wrong and can actually say that this movie is one of the best I’ve seen this year. It was toothache inducing with how it was sweet it was, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the two lead actors, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, as their characters fell in love with each other in the most amusing, yet agonizing, way. This film not only focused on the amount of love one can receive from a romantic relationship, but it also focused on how much a family can care and appreciate one another. Promoting a positive message on how one should never take someone they love for granted, the film was also incredibly relatable as Lara Jean revealed why she had a hard time letting people in. Plus, the movie earned extra points in my book with Lana Condor, a Vietnamese woman, being casted as the lead actor of such a widely-known, highly acclaimed film. It was refreshing to see a woman of color being the lead actress.

Thus, with all that being said, To All The Boys I’ve Loved is a phenomenal film that will not only make you say “awww”, but will also make you tear up as you watch Noah Centineo drive across town just to get Lara Jean’s favorite drink. It is, without a doubt, a 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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