To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a rom-com well done


Maddie Liao, Editor

Recently, Netflix put out a handful of original teen romance movies, and there’s certainly a selection to choose from. One that really stands out is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a movie that was released on August 17th.

Based on Jenny Han’s 2014 novel, it stars Lana Condor as Lara Jean, the hopeless romantic main character who–plot twist–is actually afraid of being in a relationship, and Noah Centineo as Peter, the typical charming jock. It also includes appearances by Anna Cathcart and Pretty Little Liars alum Janel Parrish.

This cast did an amazing job with their roles, and really brought this feel-good story to life. Honestly, the cast itself is something to rave about, since it’s still so rare to see an Asian-American lead without forced stereotypes.

The movie starts out with a typical plot, the whole “good, nerdy girl meets popular guy” ordeal. What’s interesting about it is that the main idea of the two characters is that they actually begin their relationship by fake dating. They first start their pretend relationship with the goal of making Peter’s ex-girlfriend jealous, but as time goes on, it becomes something more real.

Although the whole idea may seem pretty basic, it is portrayed in an adorable way. The film takes small details and sprinkles them in the perfect moments. Things like Peter’s love for the ”Korean yogurt smoothie” also known as Yakult, Lara Jean’s horrible driving skills, and of course, the love letters that started it all, become a recurring part of the story.

Feeling confused? Go watch the film and really pay attention, it’s the details that makes it not just another fake dating story.

Along with the cute storyline, To All The Boys brought the vibrancy of 90’s fashion back to life in a 2018 environment. The style of the costumes, simple makeup and hair really make the actors look stunning. Lara Jean’s room is a great example of the amazing set design this film holds, with the books, accessories, and the perfect amount of clutter.

The entire vibe of the film is another admirable and captivating quality that makes it so good. The cinematography incorporates a wonderful use of colouring with just the right amount of saturation and brightness. To All The Boys has left young audiences swooning and wanting a love story as enchanting as Peter and Lara Jean’s. Undoubtedly, it is a great addition to the community of romantic comedies, and also the realm of teenage culture. Although a large population of the public enjoy bashing on love stories, it is for sure a guilty pleasure whether they admit it or not.T