Even though the opening scenes reminded me of a cheesy Hallmark style movie, To All The Boys I Loved Before quickly shook off the rust and started rolling into an awesome movie. Really, the movie came for me when Peter K fell onto the screen. Noah Centineo is a great actor and embodies Peter's essence perfectly. The perfect casting truly extends throughout the movie with Lana Condor as Laura Jean. She's stylish (even if half her killer outfits would unjustly never be aloud at school in real life), honest, and endearing as she is in the book. They make a swoon worthy couple for sure.
The other standout character for me is Chris, played by Madeleine Arthur. I forgot how much I love her from the books till she popped up on my screen with a bright pink streak and a surprisingly big heart.
Don't go into the movie without expecting some major detail changes by screenwriter Sofia Alavarez, but you won't walk away disappointed. The core of the story, and the most major beats, are still all present. They're just reworked to work better on your laptop screen. If I was Jenny Han, I'd be pretty thrilled with what they were able to do with my book.
Very much in the vein of a classic rom-com, like Love Simon, these movies are bringing in a new golden age of teen movies with a more open mind than the ones that came before. I'm so happy to see that we're getting real teen movies that represent who the teens of today are and want to see.
Laura Jean Books:
Book 1: Review Here
Book 2: Review Here
Book 3: Review Here
Love Simon: Review Here
Lady Bird: Review Here
Links Of Interest:
Katie Henry Interview: Interview Here
All We Can Do Is Wait: Review Here
Our Stories, Our Voices: Review Here
Words On Bathroom Walls: Review Here