To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Film Review
In the last couple of days, Twitter has been packed full of discussion about a new Netflix film with Asian representation. The film is To All the Boys I Loved Before, adapted from the YA novel of the same by Jenny Han.
I haven’t read this book series but it’s been on my radar for a long time. So many of my friends and fellow bloggers have been raving about it on their blogs and on Goodreads, but I never got to picking up a copy. I decided to watch the film last night and now I know I’ll definitely be changing that!
The film isn’t the kind of film I’d usually choose to watch, but I put it on simply because of the rave reviews all over Twitter. I’m SO happy that I decided to watch it!
Lara Jean Covey has never had a boyfriend, but like most teenagers, she’s fantasised about romance for years. She’s even gone as far as to write letters to her crushes since fifth grade, and she stores the letters in a box in her closet. But when her letters mysteriously get sent to them all without Lara Jean’s knowledge, they cause all sorts of havocâ€¦ including a rift being created between someone who has always been a good friend of hers.
Lara Jean ends up in a â€œfake relationshipâ€ with the charming and beautiful Peter in order avoid the interrogation from her friend, and for Peter to get his girlfriend back. But will their fake relationship turn into something more?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is so lighthearted and fun, and it makes you want to watch the film all over again as soon as it ends! It’s the perfect film if you want something you don’t have to think too much about, or you need a bit of a pick-me-up.
It’s even better that it’s a mainstream film with great Asian representation, which is something that fellow bloggers, bookworms and film lovers have been hoping for. The only slightly negative I’ve seen about this is that the characters in the book are Korean-American and the book and film are filled with Korean references, but all three of the actresses cast as the Covey family are not. They’re either Vietnamese or Chinese, instead of Korean.
While the whole cast is wonderful and play the characters so well, there has been a bit of debate as to whether this choice of casting makes it seem as though all Asian nationalities are the same or interchangeable. As someone who isn’t Asian I feel that I can’t really comment on this. I think the casting is great, but I do definitely agree that if Korean-American actors were cast to play Korean-American characters, it would have made the representation even better.
Despite this, the film is still wonderful and I’m so glad to be seeing it all over Twitter. It’s such a good thing to see everywhere, especially in this time of so much crappy stuff going on in the world!
One of my favourite things about the film is the beautiful cinematography. I’m a sucker for symmetrical cinematography (my favourite film is The Grand Budapest Hotel and you can’t get more symmetrical than that!), and this is full of it. The colours are so nice, too. It’s just all so aesthetically pleasing!
— ina (@woohyunz) August 20, 2018
— Hollie ðŸ“š (@hollieeblog) August 18, 2018
I’ll probably end up watching this again soon when I need a bit of cheering up or when I genuinely want to watch it again because it’s just so damn rewatchable (yes, I made that word up). It’s so easy to watch, makes you feel happy at the end, and it’s just so heartwarming! If you have a Netflix subscription, I’d definitely recommend that you watch it as soon as you can!