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Movie Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Release date: 17th August 2018
Where to watch: Netflix
Genre: Rom Com
My Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve never written a movie review before, but I can’t help but want to share my thoughts on the latest YA book-to-movie adaptation that came to our laptop screens via Netflix last week.

Before watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I actually did think that I had read the book by Jenny Han but I’m not sure now. I definitely don’t have a hard copy of it, but I had thought I had maybe read it on my old Kindle. I think I might have been getting it mixed up with The Summer I Turned Pretty though – but I am not disappointed in the slightest because now it means I have an excuse to buy a new book and enjoy it all over again!!!

Because of this, I can’t comment on how well it stuck to the events of the book but from what I have seen on Twitter, it is pretty accurate with how it portrays the characters and the main events. Of course, there will be bits cut out of it I’m sure, as the movie only lasts just over an hour and a half and it would be impossible to include absolutely everything. That said, it didn’t feel rushed or like there was too much crammed in there.

One of my favourite aspects of the movie was its simply stunning cinematography. Some of the scenes were just so exceptionally beautiful in their set-up and colour. I particularly loved the design of Lara Jean’s bedroom. If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I wish this bedroom existed in real life, aka right here in my home.

I also really enjoyed Lana Condor’s performance of Lara Jean. Not only is she a beautiful human, but she also captured the personality of the character perfectly with her acting skills and facial expressions. The relationship of the Covey sisters was also perfect, and so sweet to watch. It was nice to see Mona from PLL’s face again, especially in the role of a very different character! And Kitty’s relationship with Peter had my heart go all fluttery and warm.

Speaking of which, can we take a moment of appreciation for the man himself – Peter Kavinsky. Where are all the real-life Peters, let me ask you. I’m sure you have probably seen the meme on Twitter about how he is considerate to move the popcorn before fighting with Kitty lol. UGH. He’s adorable. I mean, yeah, he is portrayed as this ‘dumb jock’ for a lot of it that doesn’t have a clue with how to deal with girls’ feelings, but what teenage boy does?

This movie left me feeling so warm and fuzzy inside for a long time after it ended. In fact, I was ready to watch it again from the beginning about five minutes after the credits but I just about managed to restrain myself. It seems like a movie I could never tire of watching, and I already know it won’t be a one time only viewing.

I seriously hope that they keep going and make a second movie out of this, especially since the general consensus everywhere is that it was amazing. I have yet to see anyone say a bad thing about it.

My one complaint is that it could’ve been longer, but maybe that is just me being selfish and never wanting it to end. It would have worked well as a TV series actually, but if that is the only criticism I can think of (and that’s me really trying here), then that is not bad going.

So now I am off to break my spending ban on books again by ordering this one…

Have you seen this movie yet? And had you read the book first? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on how it was adapted if you have!

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  • Reply Taylor

    This movie sounds adorable but I don't have Netflix and I want to read the books first aha. I will watch it some day though! Love this review!

    August 20, 2018 at 5:43 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    I do sorta wish I had realised I hadn’t read the book first! Not sure if Netflix movies come out on DVD eventually but hopefully you manage to see it at some point! and thank you so much 😊

    August 20, 2018 at 6:58 PM
  • Reply Emily

    I LOVE THIS REVIEW. I LOVE THIS FILM. I completely agree with everything that you've said. It's so wonderful, and heart-warming, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed it this much. I wish we could all have our own Peter Kavinsky.

    August 20, 2018 at 7:24 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    Thank you so much Emily!! I might share him with you if I ever find him (maybe).

    August 20, 2018 at 7:28 PM
  • Reply Alys Daniels-Creasey

    I've never heard of this, but I'm a huge fan of amazing cinematography so this sounds like a fim for me! Might check this out later this week. Great review! xx

    August 20, 2018 at 7:37 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    I'm confident that you would like it – I really can't fault it at all! Thanks for reading, and I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂 xx

    August 20, 2018 at 7:49 PM
  • Reply Dorine Govaert

    I haven't read this book yet, but literally everyone is talking about how amazing this movie is, so I suppose that I just have to check it out haha

    August 20, 2018 at 9:15 PM
  • Reply Shannon

    I read the book recently and thought it was adorable. I haven't seen the movie yet, and was nervous that it might be disappointing! I felt like there was a chance they would make the story seem cheesy! I'm so glad to hear it is good, and now I feel like I need to read the sequel!

    August 20, 2018 at 9:24 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    You definitely should! I'm going to have to read the book too, if it is anything like the movie then I already know I'll enjoy it.

    August 20, 2018 at 9:52 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    I've seen a lot of people say that it stuck pretty well to the book and the characters so hopefully you aren't disappointed! I mean, I guess it is pretty cheesy, but in a good way. I'm so ready to re-watch already and get all the warm fuzzy feels again.

    August 20, 2018 at 9:53 PM
  • Reply Indie Tot

    I haven't read the book or watched the movie yet but you make it sound really good! Off to add it to my list.

    August 21, 2018 at 1:11 AM
  • Reply Unknown

    Easily one of the best book to film adaptations I've ever seen! I've already watched it three times and will def be watching more.

    August 21, 2018 at 2:36 AM
  • Reply Holly M

    I'm thrilled I was so convincing!!!

    August 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    I can't wait to watch it till I can quote it word for word and say every line along with them. And then maybe a couple more times after that.

    August 21, 2018 at 6:31 PM
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