To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: A review of a movie we didn’t know we needed until now.


Addison Nixon, Avid Love Note-Writer

Released by Netflix on August 17, 2018, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has stolen all
of our hearts. Based on the book, by the same name, written by Jenny Han, TATBILB is an
American teen romance directed by Susan Johnson. Starring Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna
Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, and John Corbett.
TATBILB is about a young girl named Lara Jean (Lana Condor) who is very introverted
and doesn’t know how to express her feelings, so when she has a crush on a boy, she writes them
a letter. These letters, however, are never to be seen by anyone, that is until all five of the letters
she has written in the past 10 years get mailed out by an unknown person. One letter in
particular, Lara Jean is most concerned with and will do anything to convince the boy that she
does not like him. That’s where Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) comes in, who agrees to fake
date Lara Jean for a little while to make his girlfriend jealous, and convince the other boy Lara
Jena does not like him.
While this synopsis sounds like your next cliché rom-com, it is so much more than that.
This movie truly stands out for many reasons, for starters the visuals of this movie are
outstanding. Even when not much is happening in the movie, you find yourself intrigued because
of the lighting, the set design, the costumes, and the camera work. All of these elements were
designed by a very impressive team and makes the movie that much more enjoyable.
Along with its visual effects, TATBILB has an amazing cast. Though you may not
recognize her from previous roles, Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jena has received very high
praise for her role. While playing the doe-eyed girl next door, Condor brings something more to
her character that is something to admire. She plays her character in a way that feels very real
and relatable that makes you want to watch the movie over and over again.
To give credit where credit is deserved, I have to mention Peter, woah woah woah,
Kavinsky. Played by Noah Centineo, who is the newest teenage heart throb. While you may
recognize Centineo as Dallas from the Cell Phone Accessory Cart on the Disney tv show Austin
and Ally, his new claim to fame will be his role in TATBILB. Centineo plays the ‘fake’ love
interest of Lara Jean, all the while being our 2018 Jake Ryan. Even though his character claims
to have never watched any 80s romcoms, he sure does master the art of making you fall in love
with him. But what makes his character so special is that he’s not just a jock jerk like in every
other teenage movie, but he’s just a boy who got his heart broken by one girl and falls in love
with another. The truly admirable thing about this movie, is we finally get to see a boy treat a girl
right, not like she’s there solely for the purpose of looking pretty.
Most importantly, the biggest thing that has me reaching for the remote to watch
TATBILB for the fourth time is because of the chemistry between the actors. A large sub-plot of
this movie is the relationship between Lara Jean and her sisters, played by Janel Parrish and
Anna Cathcart. They are as close as sisters can get but are still believable because they fight with
each other, but ultimately love each other more than anything. As well as the undeniable
chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, making you wish that was you in Lara
Jeans vintage black boots.
TATBILB is truly a movie worth watching because it has aspects that will suite everyone
looking for an adorable Rom-Com, and will surprise you on just how much you enjoyed the film.