Review: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
by Julie Perez
I didn’t love it.
Hear me out.
(Possible spoilers ahead, proceed with caution.)
To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is now streaming on Netflix and though Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky are still as charming as ever, following up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before may have just been too big of a film to follow-up. This sequel, much like the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter, seems to have fizzled out. Though the movie is meant to have a bit more conflict, I found the storyline to be slow-moving and often forgettable.
The addition of Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose, though a great addition, left me feeling like Jordan Fisher was under-utilized. The story felt too-focused on Lara Jean’s journey (with good reason) and it didn’t leave room for John Ambrose to make an impact as a character. This leaves only one possible answer in the Team Peter v. Team John debate.
Noah Centineo as Peter Kravinsky is as close to a perfect boyfriend as you’re going to get. Peter remembers the tiniest of comments that you make. Peter will know when you’re pensive. Peter will go out of his way to keep you safe even when he’s upset with you. Though I should make clear that Peter is not perfect, Peter comes with his own set of problems. I particularly had trouble with the storyline in regards to the video of Peter and Lara Jean’s video and how it got leaked. The resolution to that situation felt rushed and disregarded.
So sure it came with its issues but one thing I can officially confirm is that To All The Boys is all about Lana Condor and we’re just along for the ride. Though her character development in this film was certainly lackluster, Lana Condor’s interpretation of Lara Jean makes every scene worth watching. The issue is truly with the pacing of the storyline and by the end of it, you will find yourself asking, “what exactly happened?”
With a film as beloved as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, we knew that any film that followed it would be difficult to top. Though P.S. I Love You struggles to make as big an impact as its predecessor, it sure does leave you wanting more.