To All the Boys: Always and Forever: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

To All the Boys: Always and Forever: Movie Review

If consistency is the key to success then the "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" film franchise delivers once again as expected and anticipated. The third film in the franchise, "To All the Boys: Always and Forever", is as predictable, pedestrian and yet as delightful as the other films that came before it. This romance comedy ain't boring or bad per se but it ain't amazing either.
Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) prepares for the end of high school and the start of the next chapter in her life. She has her life all planned out as she expects to get into Stanford and be with Peter (Noah Centineo) for the rest of her life. But a pair of life-changing trips and an unexpected turn of events lead her to rethink her views on life and true love.
Once again, "To All the Boys: Always and Forever" has a been there, done that feel to it. While we find the pairing of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky once again facing another challenge in their fledging relationship (this time its the challenge of long distance relationships and doing what you love), the film found a way to make these deep-rooted topics come out ultimately shallow. There's this tendency to resolve issues immediately like past films before it so don't expect any conflicts or issues between our leads to last too long. Surprisingly, even with its narrative limitations, we never found ourselves not bored. In fact, we were rather entertained. We guess were just fans of the Lana Condor and Noah Centineo duo but their chemistry and charisma made this third outing quite fun. Additionally, we found Lana Condor's acting performance in this film an admirable one. Even with its teen romance comedy roots, Lana Condor was able to provide a very nuanced approach showing a wide spectrum of believable and authentic emotions depending on what the scene demanded. "To All the Boys: Always and Forever" is a light-hearted, safe, romance comedy experience. That really isn't a bad thing but it isn't targeting greatness also so expect the expected and you'll actually find this film quite enjoyable.
Rating: 3 and a half reels




Why you should watch it:
- Lana Condor provides a stellar performance as Lara Jean again
- even with its limitations, we actually found ourselves entertained most of the way

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- as pedestrian and predictable as other films before it

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