After a long anticipation, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) stir our souls with an overwhelming final instalment of ‘To All the Boys‘ film franchise. Without a second thought, the final movie is the most grown-up one amongst the three. The film starts with the Coveys exploring breathtaking sites of Seoul. Upon returning from the trip, Lara Jean and Peter, who are now in their senior year of high school, settle on going to the same institution (Stanford) to not be one of those couples who split due to college. Unfortunately, Lara does not make it through Stanford, but good news slides in with getting selected at Berkeley, which is just an hour away from her boyfriend’s college. On their high school trip to New York, LJ finally breaks it to Peter, who supportively suggests that she can transfer to Stanford after their freshman year. Both seem happy but little does LJ know that she would fall in love with the beauty and chaos of New York. She does not want to go to NYU at first but after that trip, she fathoms that it is where she is destined to be. Peter pretends to be happy when she communicates her choice but he low-key assumes that with their colleges miles apart, it would be difficult to balance their relationship. LJ finally makes a choice for herself even if she is not on the same page as Peter. After the prom night when LJ gives him some gifts to remember her by, Peter misunderstands it as her ‘goodbye’ and things go south. After having a heart-to-heart conversation with his father, Peter realizes his love for Lara Jean was unbreakable, be it 3000 miles or 4 years, and finally disentangles all their muddles. This film’s happy ending is all that we need this Valentine’s Day.
Lots of Peter Kavinsky
It is undeniable that the film series is so popular only because of the dazzling chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter, and we just can’t get enough of them. The makers had received backlash in the second film because Noah’s character had very less screentime. Be prepared to find lots of Peter Kavinksy in this film. This too-good-to-be-true boyfriend has only made us go “aww” in each and every scene. From putting his hand in the backpocket to arranging a cute promposal, Kavinsky is certainly a ray of hope to all hopeless romantics. You will also get a peek at his equation with his father. The only argument that deserves a debate is that he asked Lara Jean to choose Stanford, but never really agreed to make sacrifices for her choice to go to NYU. Nevertheless, he makes everything right with a cuteness-overloaded yearbook message.
A more independent Lara Jean
Unlike other prequels, Lara Jean has become more mature and independent in the final chapter. In the first movie, she faces embarrassment as all her love letters are mailed to her crushes. In the second film, she faced indecisiveness when figuring out her stance with John Ambrose. In this film, she faces insecurity, as she sees her relationship fall apart due to her choice. Lara Jean gets through everything in her own way. She has clearly made amends to get her life together by taking decisions for herself to protect her own heart, no matter whether others hold it in disfavour. Even when she was heartbroken because of her break up, she ensures that she is happy for her father’s wedding with Trina. Her father and Margot play an important role in helping her make the choice with strong dialogues like “You can’t save the relationship by not growing”.
The trilogy link
Like the book series by Jenny Han, Lara Jean leaves us with a trilogy. There are several links among the three films that should be traced. One of them being that in the first part, LJ’s sister Margot broke up with her boyfriend Josh Sanderson because her mother had taught her to “never go to college with a boyfriend”. However, we see this element missing in this film as there was no mention of this and instead, LJ’s only goal is to graduate, marry and have kids with Peter. Another link is the contract that was made in the first movie for their fake relationship. It was fantasizing to have included that element in this film too. We are really happy that it worked in the end because a lot of us would be taken aback if it happened otherwise. Speaking of links, their USP – the letters – is all over the place in this film and it could not be more romantic.
WATCH OR NOT:
Remember, it’s a rom-com, so you need to watch it like a rom-com. Hunting for complete sense in such films will not allow you to enjoy it. Not to forget, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before single-handedly revived a weak and waning genre back in 2018. The flaming chemistry between LJ and Peter Kavinksy is reason enough to watch the film for many romanticists. On and off, there’s a lot to learn from this film – from being independent to making sacrifices for the one you love. The film also throws enough light on friendships and family. We can assure you that the film will make you smile in “the beginning, the middle & the end”. Your heart is going to somersault throughout the movie.
-By Ayushi Lakhani