To All The Boys: P.S. You Should Watch It

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Maya Donnelly, Staff Writer

The sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” , “To All the Boys: P.S I Still Love You” produced by Matt Kaplan was released to Netflix on Feb 12. 2020, a perfect prelude to Valentines Day.  Netflix originals have been more popular recently and “To All the Boys: P.S I Still Love You” does not fail to disappoint and lives up to the success of its predecessor. 

The main character Lara Jean Covey is of white and korean descent, a different take from many romantic teen movies. One of the first scenes in the movie is the family celebrating Korean New Year where Lara Jean, Kitty, and her white father practice the Korean New Year traditions to honor the girls heritage and their late mothers. The Korean heritage of Lara Jean is great cultural representation for young girls as they can see themselves in Lara Jean as well as their customs and traditions being practiced and appreciated on screen. The diversity in “To All the Boys” is refreshing and helps push Hollywood to diversify. 

Though the first movie did not have an official soundtrack, “To All the Boys’ ‘ released an official soundtrack to precede the release of the movie to Netflix. The album perfectly captured the mood of the movie as a whole as well as the individual songs matched the scenes they were played in perfectly. The most notable songs on the soundtrack are “About Love” by MARINA, “Moral of the Story” by Ashe and “Crashing (feat. Bahari)” by ILLENIUM. Ashe’s “Moral of the Story ” was played in the scene after Lara Jean and Peter break up and features a heartbroken Lara Jean floating down the hallway signing. “Moral of the Story ” reached Billboard’s Hot 100 and became popular with many teenagers. The lyrics in the song like, “You can think that you’re in love when you’re really just in pain” portray Lara Jeans conflictment about Peter. The lyrics here are too mature for some viewers to understand but the song appeals to the emotions of anyone who’s ever gone through heartbreak. 

“To All the Boys’ ‘ is reminiscent of the classic romance movies that many teenagers aspire for their relationships to be like. John Hughes and his movie “Sixteen Candles” are inspirations to the movie with the 80’s aesthetic. According to Nerds and Beyond, “This movie is also visually pleasing from the carnival to Lara Jean and John Ambrose’s kiss, and its aesthetic is beautiful.” The set is beautiful from Lara Jeans perfect pinterest board of a bedroom to the nursing home that Lara Jean and John Ambrose volunteer at. The costume design portrayed each character’s personality and was impeccably fashionable. 

The film “To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before P.S: I still love you” is perfect for those who have seen “To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and are curious as to what happens in Peter and Lara Jeans love story. The dreaminess and 80’s aesthetic of the romantic film is a refreshing new take on the classic romance movies by John Hughes. “To All the Boys’ ‘ is free to watch with a Netflix subscription and is definitely worth the time for those interested in watching a romantic movie and are looking to travel back in time and remember their past relationships and daydream about what they could be.