Review: To All The Boys: Always and Forever (PG)

Will we love the last film in the trilogy for always and forever?

Arnojya Shree
24th February 2021
I remember when I first watched the trailer of To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and I wondered in amazement to myself, 'a cheesy teenage rom-com, with a WOC as a protagonist who gets a happy beginning, middle and end?'

This story was initiated with stolen glances, love letters, hands in the back pocket, and fake dating. I mean, how much more corny could you get? But then my feels made me watch the movie anyway, and read the books on the train with the most romantic playlist I could find. 

But in the third instalment, we have come a long way from fake dating. Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky are now dealing with graduation, picking their University and stepping into the world as almost-adults. With Dr Covey and Trish getting married, everything on the home front is filled with the excitement of change, and it's a shared sentiment for Lara Jean too. Love has brought a lot of beautiful moments in Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky's lives. Yet, a moment of hardship where they have to pick between their relationship and happiness is just the start of the real love story.

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The series, which began with an innocent awkwardness, wraps up with a mature elegance as we watch the protagonists grow with each other. TATBILB holds up a good standard for teenage rom-coms by displaying tropes of healthy relationship dynamics, forgiveness, empathy, understanding and the biggest of all, acceptance. Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky are as tight and wholesome as couples go. However, they are also crafted as two imperfect individuals in a relationship who make mistakes, hurt each other, and understand that the particular moments of pain, problems and growing up get lost in the big picture they have dreamed about their future. 

TATBILB maintains its cute, quirky and vibrant cinematography and colour palette when it comes to the film's visual style

TATBILB maintains its cute, quirky and vibrant cinematography and colour palette when it comes to the film's visual style. Given the series's theme, which is a teenage love story, it fits quite perfectly and remains fresh as ever. The soundtracks used in the film are trendy and popular with a rather insipid lyricism, which matches the taste of a TikTok-crazed Gen-Z generation, the primary audience demographic for the film. 

After reading the series by Jenny Han, the film seems to lose a few memorable moments in adaptation. However, even then, TATBILB maintains its record of being a good adaptation that doesn't lose out on the series' original flavour. To sum it up, TATBILB ends on a pretty satisfactory note and could always stay tucked away in your watchlist for a rainy day. 

Rating: 4/5

Featured images credit: IMDb

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