Everyone was talking about the release of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for a really long time. Although I haven’t read the books, I wanted to know what all the hype is about. So, I opened Netflix and watched this movie. Is it a yay or a nay?
About the movie
The movie is an adaptation of the book To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, written by Jenny Han. Lara jean never had a boyfriend. However, she had crushes and she wrote them secret love letters which she, obviously, never sent. One day, all her letters reached all her crushes and then trouble begins…..
First things first, I haven’t read the book before watching the movie, so my opinion is solely based on what I have seen on screen. I knew that this movie is a romcom and I’m absolutely not a fan of this genre. However, I gave this movie a fair chance.
I think the casting has been done well. I read that the actresses are all Asian-Americans, so I think that does the story right. I can’t say more about the casting due to my visual impairment. Luckily the movie had audio description. However, I missed something maybe. I wasn’t sure whether the facial expressions were described or not. Moreover, were those important for the storyline? Can’t judge.
The movie is sometimes hilarious they said. Uhm, where and when? I didn’t laugh one single time. Eventually, i got quite bored. Like I know that nothing much happens, but wow could it be more predictable? Probably not. View Spoiler »I know from the start that Lara Jean would end up with Peter. You could guess it when they started pretending their relationship. Josh was part of the love triangle, the oh so annoying trope. Furthermore, I knew Genn would cause trouble. And so on. « Hide Spoiler It was an OK 1 hour and 40 minutes, but I won’t see the movie again. If you love romcom, it’s a must see. If you don’t, then it isn’t.
I realize that I’m sharing a very unpopular opinion here. I wanted to state that the movie is not bad, but it’s not my favorite movie either. Lately, I find myself in need of some more in depth stories with a little bit of an “edge”. You know what I mean right? Where something happens. Noticed this in books, but clearly it also goes for movies and series. I have the feeling that this movie and therefore this book series will not suit me. I like new adult romantic stories much more these days – probably because they are much more serious and address some serious issues -, but romance is not my go to genre. I still like young adult contemporary, but not that much when it only evolves around romance and without a deeper story underneath the surface. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before simply couldn’t provide me with just that.
If I should rate the movie with stars, I would rate To All The Boys I’ve Loved before somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5 stars. So, it’s somewhere in the middle between yay or nay. Yay for once, nay for a next time. And probably nay for the books which still are in my possession.
Have you seen this movie yet and was it a yay or nay for you?