Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a Netflix film aimed at me? A suburban teenage girl who saw the first one and couldn’t wait to see more of the story? If that’s was the directors intended audience, they sadly blew it.
“P.S. I Still Love You” was the most predictable movie I have ever watched, and I have watched quite a few. From the start, I knew who the main protagonist, Lara Jean (Lana Condor), was going to end up with.
Lara Jean is a 16-year-old high school student who only seems to care about boys; not school, not her friends, not her family, just boys. More specifically, she is obsessed with her boyfriend Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), who only became her boyfriend after Lara Jean’s little sister, Kitty (Anna Cathcart), sent out Lara Jean’s love letters.
The people who worked on this movie have obviously never asked or even talked to a teenage girl about her interests.
Does this sound like the plot to every other teen-romance movie? Oh, because it is. The plot had me frustrated because it had been done before; however, the second movie took this cliche to the next level.
Girl likes boy, boy rejects her, boy realizes his mistake and that he has been chasing the wrong girl. This is a plot in many teen movies, but I have never seen this happen in real life.
In addition to the basic plot of the movie, the acting was awful. I could not fathom why these people were chosen to act in the first movie, let alone a second.
Centineo seemed uncertain where to look the entire movie; he never looked at the other actors and was always looking at the ground. In most scenes he seems focused on things happening behind other actors, things we cannot see because of bad camera angles.
Cathcart was too old to play this role and it showed throughout the first and second movies.
As the movie progresses a “plot twist “occurs, one that I could see from a mile away.
One of the Lara Jean’s love letters was sent to John Ambrose and old feelings arose between them when they “coincidentally” see one another again. Wow, does this not just scream basic teenage movie?
Despite being a 145 minutes long, when the credits came on it felt like a brief time had passed because there was no suspense or drama to make the movie feel its length.
What happened to all that time I do not know, but what I do know is that I watched a movie about a boring, terribly thought-out love story and I recommend no one watch it.