• Justin Tran

To The Last Film: Always and Forever

In 2014, author Jenny Han wrote the novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Little did she know that eight years later, the first film to a trilogy of Netflix adaptations would take the world by storm. The final film in the trilogy, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, was recently released on Netflix on February 12, 2020.

The film continues the tale from the prior two movies, following Lara Jean Covey and her relationship with Peter Kavinsky. Lara Jean and Peter are near the end of their high school lives, having positive prospects for what their college lives will be like. Both intending to go to Stanford, Lara Jean envisions her perfect life with Peter post-high school. While Peter received a sports scholarship to Stanford, Lara Jean anxiously awaits the status of her application. After she is notified that she was not admitted into Stanford, Lara Jean tries to adapt her plans. Through the latter half of the film, she figures out what her ideal future looks like and how Peter fits into it.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever is a classic teenage rom-com, following a few traditional clichés while also diverging for more intriguing dilemmas. While this final film uses the classic, accidental text trope, it differs from the past films by not introducing multiple male love interests. The film, as a whole, seems to have a theme of change, especially highlighted by the point in which the characters’ lives are at. Lara Jean must constantly adjust to her changing situation, emphasizing the volatility of growing up during one’s teenage years.

Surprisingly, one highlight of the film is its corresponding soundtrack. Named To All the Boys: Always and Forever (Music from the Netflix Film), the music perfectly fits the movie’s aesthetic and complements the atmosphere set by the cinematography and pacing.

In comparison to the other films in the trilogy, the film ranks second out of all three films, with the first film in the first place. To All the Boys: Always and Forever is a lighthearted teen rom-com that, while cliché at points, is worth the watch.

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