Today we’re talking about the 2018 film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
A very simple twist on “fake dating”, the story isn’t all that exciting or interesting on it’s own and follows the usual YA romance beats.
The characters and actors in this are extremely compelling. Especially the secondary characters and family. Interesting and make you want more of their story.
The dialogue vacillates between the usual precociousness of YA characters and some outright hilarious lines. The heart to heart moments are by far the strongest and hold the movie together with a lot of emotion.
Visuals and Music
The visuals are the usual Netflix stylised shots. Nothing special.
The music is unmemorable but not bad.
There’s a lot of cringe but love wins out once the characters communicate and there’s some fun scenes in between. It’s not great but it’s not bad.
A perfectly average YA romance with the always fun “fake dating” trope. The humdrum story, visuals, and music are elevated by the sheer charisma of the characters and some excellent dialogue.
Final Score: 3 Stars out of 5