To All the Boys: Always and Forever premiered on 12th February 2021 on Netflix. The movie marks the final instalment of the To All The Boys franchise. The film is based on Jenny Han’s 2017 novel Always and Forever, Lara Jean and is a sequel to To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020), and the third instalment in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film trilogy. Directed by Michael Fimognari, the film stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett, and Sarayu Blue alongside other cast members.
With 2021, we have reached the third and final chapter of the feel-good teen rom-com To All The Boys. We followed the journey of Lara Jean Covey, aka LJ, that started with a love letter in 2018 – five letters that she never planned to send to all boys that she has had crushes on. But things took a turn when her letters were surprisingly sent to all these 5 boys. As the installment progressed, Lara fell in love and fell out of it with Peter Kavinsky (PK) but isn’t true love meant to stay? Well, it did. Feelings were messed with, tears were shed, and friends were lost and found but LJ got through most of it.
To All the Boys: Always and Forever follows Lara and Peter’s journey as they try to save their relationship from the distance their college life will bring as soon as they graduate from their high school. Peter gets admission to Stanford, LJ gets a rejection letter and it’s as sad as it sounds because no more same college and zero distance.
Will they be able to keep things as they are, when they are apart, especially now that LJ has set her heart upon crossing the coast to NYU, which is a whopping 3000 miles away, for four long years. It’s heartwarming and you just want to save their relationship because well, love, but happily ever after gets a bit more complicated here.
To All the Boys: Always and Forever has every element of a teen Rom-Com – a high school trip love letter, mean girl, best friends, feeling of teen love, fear of moving far away from one’s family, and more but the film does not stick to only these factors but rather it is more focused in the growth and development of its lead characters and their feelings, making it one good feel-good film. From the very beginning, you know what’s coming your way or how life will work out for LJ and PK but the small heartfelt and sweet elements in the film keep you hooked.
There is something about teenagers drifting away when distance comes in between and with a promise of always and forever, To All the Boys: Always and Forever will hit you right in the feels and might as well leave some people with a want of another instalment but some things are better when left to the imagination. The film keeps much of what worked in the previous films while offering something fresh and new yet again with good character development for those who may have grown tired of the series’ tropes still hoping for something new.
The lead pair featuring Lana Condor as Lara Jean Song Covey and Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky are sweet and seamless throughout the film. There is something extremely heartwarming about the lead pair and their on-screen chemistry which makes you ship them over and over again. It’s the consistency of efforts and the true feeling of love between LJ and PK that makes the film a good watch with smiles and laughter.
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! To All the Boys: Always and Forever offers a good end to the trilogy and it’s a feel-good movie with a few predictable arcs but well, the genre of teen Rom-Com has been utilized so many times that to find something out of the world new is a hard find!
To All the Boys: Always and Forever is now streaming on Netflix.
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