I hate romcoms, I really do. But when “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” came out via Netflix in 2018, literally everyone was obsessed with it especially with stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo who play a will-they-won’t-they couple in this movie. Then, two years later and netizen’s favourite couple is back in the sequel titled “To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You”.
“To All The Boys” part two starts off pretty cutesy with lovebirds Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) going on their first date together as an official couple. However, this turned out to be more special for Lara Jean since it was her first date ever because this was her first time being someone’s girlfriend. And the movie explores that element a lot going into every firsts that Lara Jean experiences only to realise that while it might be her first, it maybe isn’t for her boyfriend as he has dated Gen (Emilija Baranac), Lara Jean’s ex-BFF, in the past.
To top her sudden realisation of always being the second best, in comes John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), a recipient of her five letters that she wrote who she apparently has the strongest feeling for back when they were little. This introduction immediately sparked a huge dilemma for Lara Jean to either stay with her boyfriend Peter despite going through a few speedbumps in the relationship, or go for John Ambrose who seems like the perfect guy for her.
This love triangle could have been interesting if it weren’t so biased towards John Ambrose, making him look excessively perfect and the clear choice for Lara Jean. The movie beat this fact so hard that it forces you to side with John Ambrose which is an unfair advantage for dear Peter. At least give Peter something nice to do besides always having petty miscommunications with Lara Jean over the smallest of things.
The fact that it was super predictable didn’t help too but I guess that is a common trope among romcoms? It just would’ve been better if the movie really split sides equally giving us the dilemma of choosing who is best for Lara Jean instead. Like, really play into the Team Peter and Team John divide that the world had last time with the “Twilight” movies.
But men aside, let’s not forget the main star of “To All The Boys 2” who drove this movie reminding us what young love was like and the ups and downs of it that made a relationship exciting. The cluelessness and innocence of Lara Jean was what made us root for her despite sometimes being a little too naïve for her own good that couldn’t possibly happen in reality.
Sure enough, we can expect a sequel to “To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You” anytime soon because every hit has to have at least three movies nowadays. While I am just tired of this cliché relationship that is repeated in so many romcoms including this one, I do have Condor to look forward to.