The final installment of the beloved trilogy To All The Boys: Always and Forever is a beautiful ending to the newest major romantic comedy that gives viewers the fairytale ending they all want.
By Remy Zerber
The movie To All The Boys: Always and Forever is the third and final installment in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, based on the best-selling novels by Jenny Han. This final film is a great ending to the trilogy. In the first movie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean Song Covey’s sister, Katherine Covey, sends out her sister’s old love letters to her past crushes in an effort to get Lara Jean to go out more and LJ (Lara Jean) has to deal with the situation at school. One of the boys, Peter Kavinsky, convinces LJ to be in a fake relationship with him in order to make his ex jealous. At the end of the movie, LJ and Peter decide to be in a real relationship. The second movie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: PS I Still Love You is about a love triangle that forms between LJ, Peter Kavinsky, and another boy, John Ambrose. The third movie is about LJ and Peter Kavinsky trying to navigate their senior year while being in a real relationship. The movie To All The Boys: Always and Forever is a satisfying end to the trilogy because of the way they end the story, deal with the characters and make it relatable.
The movie To All The Boys: Always and Forever has a really great full-circle ending. The trilogy starts with a letter and ends with a letter. LJ introduces the audience to her love letters at the beginning of the first movie and Peter ends Always and Forever with a love letter to LJ. Another full-circle moment is when the LJ and PK heart from the second movie appears in Lara Jean’s dream of her future with Peter.
The casting and character development in the movie is great. The actors in the movie are great, especially the actors who play Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo). Lana Condor looks so much like Lara Jean and Noah Centineo looks a lot like Peter. Gen, Lara Jean’s former best friend and school rival, has some great character development over the course of the trilogy. She is mean to LJ in the first movie but by the third movie, she seems to have matured and become friends with LJ again. Their heart-to-heart moment in the second movie helps them through their issues. Kitty, Lara Jean’s little sister, also has some great character development over the course of the trilogy because she matures a lot. She is seen as a little kid at the beginning of the trilogy but she becomes a teenager by the end of the third movie because she meets a boy in Korea and develops a crush on him.
Even though Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship is unrealistic, the movie is still relatable. Lara Jean is a very relatable character because she says she is afraid to fall in love and be in a relationship. Many kids and teenagers have this fear because they are afraid that they will get heartbroken. LJ also says she is afraid of commitment, which is how many young people feel. LJ is also a big introvert and homebody like many people.
The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and the To All The Boys: Always and Forever movie are so good. The story completes a full cycle in many ways. It uses iconic moments and images from the trilogy to make it come full circle in the end. The casting director and the screenwriter did a good job with the casting and character development. A final reason why people love this movie and trilogy is that it is extremely relatable. To All The Boys: Always and Forever is a very pleasing end to the trilogy.
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