841. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Director: Susan Johnson
Year: 2018
Run time: 1hr 39m

“When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down.”

Live blog

1:36 – “I was trying to meditate but I ended up falling asleep.” Yep.
5:14 – Argh, junior UN seems like such a rubbish idea.
11:21 – I like when you can put so much emotion into one word: “Uggs.”
14:49 – “Do you want a carrot?” Weird chat up line.
16:43 – That little kid has Scotland sussed.
21:34 – This is an actual nightmare. For twenty seconds, I loved the little sister. Now she is the worst
24:43 – Moon Day, I like that.
31:54 – Are they playing lacrosse?
33:39 – “After we watch the candles movie, we’re watching Fight Club.” I think we actually need to have this double feature one day.
33:47 – She said she doesn’t want anyone to know but then wrote it down on paper. Like she learnt nothing from the letters thing in the first place.
36:50 – This is very Easy A.
48:44 – “It’s whatever.” Gonna use that.
58:46 – The thing is, I can never tell if Josh is actually there or not, because sometimes he’s just in her head.
1:04:20 – I’m worried about the scrunchie and when it will make a comeback at the worst possible time.
1:11:16 – There it is!
1:16:58 – “I know you’re only being nice to me because I accidentally made a sex tape and you feel bad.” Weirdest sentence ever.
1:18:13 – Is this a bad film or have I just seen too many movies?
1:27:58 – “He should have done it a lot sooner but, he’s a jock, they’re slow learners.”

Conclusions

Interesting one, this. We were on board to watch another Netflix film on the day it was released, as that is quite a lot of fun, even though this one really wasn’t aimed at us. It’s a YA book turned into a film, and that shines through. The story is predictable, and the elements along the way are signposted so early on that it was actually quite laughable by the end.

However, I really loved all the characters and the acting was brilliant. They may have been struggling through an underwhelming script, but I wanted more from all the characters because they all wormed their way into my hearts in different ways. It was fun, even though it wasn’t quite as good as I might have expected.

Or, as Mr C sums up:

Rating: 3/5.