First off you need to know about my consumption of Netflix, well if I'm being super honest with you guys, it's a lot but in a very annoying way. I watch the same things over and over and over again. If I could count how many times I have seen Gilmore Girls or Friends, you would be absolutely shocked. I literally watch these so that I can fall asleep. They are comforts for me, I can recite these shows and plot line more than I would care to admit.
SO for me to actually switch something on besides those two shows, it's a lot for me. But I do definitely hear about all the new Netflix specials which come out and usually I do watch them for the hype of it all. For instance I definitely got addicted to Riverdale, Glow, and Queer Eye. But this movie To All The Boys I've Loved, mixes a great combination for me. The combination of films and Young Adult fiction. The author of the book Jenny Han, which this movie was adapted from has written multiple books which I have loved. I read the "Summer I turned pretty" daydreaming about what it would be like to have that blossoming that us girls are meant to have... Spoiler alert, that didn't happen for me. When I was growing up that is what I did, I used to be late all the time because I was trying to finish a book, and Jenny is one of the authors which used to trap me to my bed, reading.
Let's just say that before this movie started I was already invested to watch it. BUT I was not ready for this movie, I was not ready to feel so connected to a film since Lady Bird. First off the opening is her in an imaginary land dreaming of this place with her crush. Literally that was me, all I did in High School was daydreaming constantly. But let's move on.
This might be a spoiler from the movie, if you haven't watched it, and I obviously suggest that you do watch it, please don't keep reading because I will ruin most of it!
The lead Lara Jean writes love letters to her 5 crushes that she has had throughout her lifetime up until she starts her Junior year in high school, but she does not send them to the boys that they are addressed too, it's more of an emotional purging. But her little sister sends them for her. Basically after that happens it's a mess of events because one was addressed to her sisters ex-boyfriend and next-door neighbour. Then in comes Peter Kavinsky, a boy whom girls would dream about when it comes to dating in High School.
Also I would just like to mention guys are never that tall in high school, trust me, he's like 6'2 and muscular, high school boys are normally gross for the most part, let's just remember that. They get alright at about 25 or at least that's what people assume.
Here is my review of this movie. While for the most part my knowledge of film studies is based from a very bizarre english professor and then studying a lot of german films. My opinion is that I loved it, it will be another one of those things that I continuously watch, it's easy to swallow but honestly I relate to this so much. One thing to mention while it may be weird, is the colouring of this movie, it seems so rosy which was probably done on purpose to help give the tone of hopeful throughout the movie. But what am I to say, I'm not a film critic. I was clearly not a popular person in school and always wanted some boy during this time period. But in this movie, Lara gets the boy but not the boy that she expected. It brings back so many uncomfortable things that happen during high school, and how we all thought that we knew what love was. Now don't get me wrong I know plenty of people who will end up marrying the person they dated in High School but for the majority of us, we will not and we didn't know how to have a real relationship.
I loved this movie so much, I will be fully obsessed with it for a long time and if you want something that is sort of a similar vein as this movie, I would suggest Lady Bird, while it is not focused solely on boys it is based on relationships and understanding yourself during the most confusing point of your life.
If anyone has any recommendations of movies which are similar to this movie or to Lady Bird. If you are wondering I have seen the movie 5 times now and I don't think I will stop.
P.S here is a picture of me growing up