Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, I finally had the chance to watch the long-awaited second installation of what is arguably AwesomenessTV’s most profitable, promising project on Netflix, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You.
I’ll admit that while this is geared to be a young adults/teen movie, the first installation of the movie was one of my favorite films of 2018. With great writing and cinematography as well as a great moment for an Asian-American actress as the spotlight, I was more than stoked for the second edition of the movie. And believe me… it was a trip.
The movie carries on immediately after Laura Jean and Peter Kavinsky decide to make things official as boyfriend and girlfriend. And immediately we get the feeling that something is a bit off about their relationship. Carrying on the theme that Laura Jean is inexperienced in the “love” department, her insecurities begin to come to a head and play a major part in this movie…
Oh, and the movie also focuses on the looming loose end from the first movie: that one letter is still unaccounted for from one John Ambrose McClaren.
I went into the film with #TeamKavinsky on my brain, but was led to feel less than. I won’t go into details about anything else from the movie as to not spoil anything, but what I will say is that Peter Kavinsky was a bit of a letdown in part two. Living up to his reputation that was built up in the first film and being battled against a perfect specimen like John Ambrose, PK was deemed as the typical “Now that I have you, I don’t have to try as hard” type.
In P.S. I Still Love You, we have the heavy hitters and main characters (minus Sanderson) and a whole new background, history, and dynamic between them.
The story opens up a bit more and we discover more about Laura Jean’s relationship with each of the others growing up which gives us more insight to the past and why we stan John Ambrose so much. It’s endearing and brought me nostalgia of times I spent in my tree house with a book, crushing on the boy next door.
Does the movie live up to the first film? Fans go back and forth with it.
In my opinion, I’d still watch the first one and pretend that the movie was a stand-alone. The first film did an amazing job as an ode to the eighties classic high school films –permissible to watch out of high school with daydreamy notes of love and the Breakfast Club ending set in modern time.
P.S. I Still Love You made the movie even more millennial and brought it to the surface of standard films.