Movie Review: “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”

Ariadna Avila , Guest Writer

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is the long-awaited sequel to the Netflix Original, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The film arrived just in time for Valentine’s weekend, but it can be enjoyed year round regardless of the time.

The movie picks up where “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” left off, with the main characters Laura Jean and Peter Kavinsky finally becoming a real couple following all the events of the previous movie. Everything goes great for the new couple until the introduction of John Ambrose, one of the five boys Laura Jean had written a letter to in the previous film. After an awkward meeting and discussion about the love letters, Laura Jean and John Ambrose fall back into the pattern of being friends. This action backfires on Laura Jean because she quickly starts to fall for John Ambrose and she ultimately has to make a decision between her boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky or her ex-crush and new friend, John Ambrose.

The movie follows the love triangle cliche often seen in teenage films, but it does not lessen the quality of the movie. In fact, it actually makes it more entertaining to watch. Viewers can enjoy trying to find out who Laura Jean will end up choosing and what will cause the eye opening moment, even if the end result might not be their favorite.

Another aspect that made the film entertaining to watch was the backstories provided for some of the characters introduced in the first film. The most prominent character being Gen, Peter’s ex-girlfriend. In the first film it is made no secret that Gen and Laura Jean were ex-best friends and now rivals, but the reason as to why is never brought up. Through the use of backstories we get a more in-depth view into their relationship and what events eventually caused them to break their friendship apart and hold this rivalry.

Although the characters do not get the most indepth backstories since they are not the main focus, it is interesting to see how their paths came to cross with Laura Jean and what importance they hold in her life, either in her past, present or both.

Another interesting element is the scenery throughout the film. Netflix is sometimes known for intriguing scenery such as in shows like “Stranger Things,” and this film was no exception. Many shots are really beautiful, especially the scene where Laura Jean has her eye opening moment about who she wants to be with while dancing with John Ambrose in the snow.

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was a great film overall. Although there was not much of a high expectation for the film, since it is a romantic comedy geared towards a younger audience, I was left pleasantly surprised and entertained for the majority of the film. So, even if you are not the targeted demographic, there is something for everybody to enjoy about the film. Score: 3.5/5 Stars