It’s hard to believe that just three years ago in 2018, Netflix released a screen adaptation of Jenny Han’s novel, To all the boys I loved before. The film not only created Lana Condor and Noah Centineo’s main fame, but also created one of the biggest teen romantic franchises comparable to Twilight series.
Now, after the incredibly charming first film (To all the boys I loved before) and a somewhat disappointing sequel (To all the boys: PS I still love you), the series ends with a completely different adaptation To all the boys: Always and forever, which ranks between the first and second film.
The film follows Lara Jean (Condor) and Peter (Centineo) as they prepare for college endeavors. Peter headed to Stanford for a lacrosse scholarship, and Lara Jean desperately tries to get in so they can be together. But when a senior class goes on a trip to New York and Lara Jean visits New York University, their relationship could be compromised.
Similar to the first, Always and forever has a brilliantly done cinematography. From the Song-Covey family’s trip to Seoul, the amazing sights and food to the nostalgia-filled shots of high school highlights, everything was perfectly executed. More importantly, there were no weird sequences that synchronize the lips like another movie.
With other male love interests beyond the picture (see Jordan Fisher below), there was a lot more time in the final film to develop characters between not only the main couple, but also Margot (Janel Parrish), Kitty (Anna Cathcart) and her romantic exploits, and the most prominent are others. Covey (John Corbett) and Trina Rothschild (Sarayu Rao).
The third film may have been just as great as the first film, but there are a few dark moments (especially Centine) that can pull the audience out of the story. In addition, although each film has, as expected, deviated from its new counterparts, the final film has too many drastic changes for fans of the original new series to release.
There have been big changes like the location of the senior class outing, and there have been even smaller changes like where they want to go to school – the news: not every movie kid has to go to Ivy League school. It’s perfectly okay for high school students to shoot at public schools; the story will continue to have the same impact.
It is important to mention the wonderful acting in the film. For the last time, Condor gives everything to his beloved Lara Jean, bringing in all the false sense of maturity possessed by high school students and mixing it with her eternal beauty and lovely personality. Even Centineo has some nice acting moments, but everyone in the film has definitely brought their acting (including a surprise from the film) ET i Haunted Hill HouseHenry Henry).
While the bittersweet ending is a touching franchise for teen movies, it’s certainly a good ending – whatever may be unrealistic. There was no better time to release than the weekend for Valentine’s Day, when people are still in quarantine and watching love celebrate in a different way. It’s definitely a series to watch again.