“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” exemplifies the perfect teen rom-com
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“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” tells the story of Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a shy, high school junior who writes love letters to her crushes without sending them; however, once her letters are mysteriously mailed out to each of her five crushes, her life completely changes.
The capability of falling in love with the majority of the characters in the film is a testament to not only the writers’ abilities, but to the terrific acting of characters such as Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) and Josh Sanderson (Israel Boussard). Even minor characters such as Lara Jean’s father (John Corbett) and her friend Christine (Madeleine Arthur) bring a lot of charisma to the screen.
Seamlessly moving from genuine, laugh-out-loud to heartfelt and tear-jerking moments, the film’s scenes are crafted with the utmost detail. While some may find the genre utterly unrealistic, the movie understands the necessity of having a degree of fantasy mixed with relatable characters and realistic dialogue. These features combine in the viewer’s mind to create feelings of empathy and lustful jealousy. Viewers may find themselves beaming throughout the film, up until the credits roll and the realization that the cinematic experience has ended brings about a wall of sadness.
The film’s aesthetically pleasing backgrounds are something out of a Wes Anderson film, yet at times even more beautiful. Lara Jean’s messy yet charming bedroom demonstrates the producers’ knowledge of making a relatable, yet wishful picture for teens. The fantastic use of colors matches the film’s music choice. Every song perfectly fits into its respective scene and draws out the viewer’s emotions. From upbeat and rhythmic to slow and heartbreaking, the soundtrack guides the audience to feel, and in doing so paints visual imagery that is personal and different for every viewer.
While the film can seem flawless at times, there are indeed a few imperfections. The plot emphasizes the importance of Sanderson and Lara Jean’s sister, Margot Covey (Janel Parrish), however, the viewer can’t empathize with that aspect of the film very well because the two characters are unseen and forgotten about for most of the film. These flaws, however, do not detract from the enchantment of the film.
Fans have been obsessing over the film and its characters, and for good reason too; a break from the traditional films of the genre, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” showcases the powerful effects of family, friends and love.