Movie Review: ‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’

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By Rachael Thomas

‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ provides a wholesome, romantic adventure for viewers while main characters of the film, Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky, take on their senior year of high school and go on a school trip to New York for college tours.

To be caught up in all the drama that goes on throughout the college tour in New York, and make sense of this movie as a finale for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky, it is a must to watch the previous two movies; ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’.

In the previous two movies, Lara Jean struggles with her relationship with Peter Kavinsky. Her love notes get released which is how this all began. What goes through her mind in this finale is the toss up between going to the same college as her boyfriend, or going to her dream college and possibly struggling with a long distance relationship.

Actor Noah Centineo spoke on how playing his character throughout the series has changed his life and career now that these films are finally finished. Centineo plays the role of Peter Kavinsky, the major love interest of Lara Jean in the series.

“It’s night and day. It’s so different. It’s such a blessing. The character’s enriched my life,” said Centineo. “The universe and all of its voices have enriched my life infinitely. It’s mind-blowing. And I have a connection to millions of people that feel a connection to me. I get to learn about what they’re interested in, I get to interact with them and I get to have friends on the street randomly. It’s just wild.”

Fans have been following the rest of the series and have been awaiting the release of ‘Always and Forever.’ Many have conflicting feelings with this final movie and didn’t exactly know how to feel about it.

Frame from 'To All the Boys: Always and Forever' courtesy of Netflix
Frame from 'To All the Boys: Always and Forever' courtesy of Netflix

Even though this wasn’t a typical film series for student Stormy Biggart to watch, she would still definitely recommend it to others.

“It felt like there were more relatable and realistic things that happened in this one compared to the others,” said Biggart. “This movie put me in my feels so hard because I’m a hopeless romantic.”

On the other hand, some fans have seen it from another point of view such as predictable.

Student Alyssa Lafond thought it was a pretty good movie overall, but a little cheesy and predictable during some parts.

“I feel like the first movies are usually just better and a lot of the times movies don’t need to have a second or third one. Just the first one is good as it is,” expressed Lafond. “I liked the first one better and the second one was a little much, while this one was kind of overrated.”

If there’s one thing that fans can relate to, it’s the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter, and wanting their type of love for each other.

Student Lani Sprinkle said she connected with the line, “You were never the second best” that Peter said to Laura Jean. This line definitely hit the heart a little bit harder than the rest for fans of the series.