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As the credits roll on To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the third and final volume in Netflix’s cute teenage love trilogy, clips from all three films are playing in the background, and while they played I tried desperately figuring out what made the first entry in the trilogy – 2018 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, directed by Susan Johnson – so much more compelling than the other two. Even in 10-second silent clips, it was so much better than that his followers that it hurt a little

Maybe it’s the weight of the hype when To All the Boys first came out in 2018, it was an unexpected hit, a dark horse that became one of the most-watched and re-watched original films on Netflix, and out of both Lana Condor single-handedly made youthful icons, and Noah Centineo could afford to be low and surprising as few critics expected much from it, but the next two films had high expectations to live up to

Was it the lighting? All three To All the Boys films are rendered in cheerful turquoise and sun yellow and pink tones, like a plate of vividly toned macarons.But in this first film there was a slight bleaching of certain scenes, an occasional willingness to make the light look ugly or distorted to leave when it felt right, so the romance really landed when it got sun-drenched and romantic

That willingness has completely disappeared from the other two films – and with it there is every sense that these films might ever be ready to get really sad, or that their characters might ever experience anything other than temporary distress, which means that the happiness that they inevitably encounter becomes a bit cheap

In the first film, our heroine Lara Jean (Lana Condor) was dressed by Rafaella Rabinovich in clothes that freely mixed the references of the 60s to 90s.Then Lara Jean showed the tendency to add sweet and girlish frills with a little punk drama too mix: She always wore combat boots with her pink mini skirts or combined her bows with a sharp-edged neon plaid But in 2020 to all boys: PS. I still love you and in the latest installment of Always and Forever (both directed by Michael Fimognari) Lara Jean is dressed in a gently romantic mod wardrobe by Lorraine Carson, without a trace of punk.She wears her sun-yellow gowns with flat ones , teal sandals and all of their plaids are cute

Lara Jean looks great in all three films, but the girl and cool chick combo of the first film not only looked great, it also served as character development, and it suggested that the cute girl Lara Jean herself had some hidden sharp edges and that there was a secret badass potential in her that, with the right encouragement, could finally emerge

With the wardrobe of the second and third films, that level of character work has disappeared.There is no longer any hint of a secret malevolence in the way Lara Jean is presented to us.There is only flat and uncomplicated sweetness

Likewise, in the second and third films the light is straightforwardly sweet, with no melancholy And the story is straightforwardly sweet, with no real potential for tragedy It all feels sweet until it becomes uncomfortable and maybe even crosses the threshold

Whatever it is, a fundamental alchemy has been carved out of this trilogy.A certain under-the-radar willingness to get weird and sad – a willingness that led to the linear tropic-driven structure of the happy ending of the deserved the first film and felt lovely and alive – has disappeared

To all guys: Always and Forever is a perfect, competent and memorable teen romance it’s a better movie than 2020PS. I still love you, mostly because its central conflict is stronger than this movie’s DOA love triangle, but it doesn’t come close to the heights of the original To All the Boys

Always and Forever finds high school darlings Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky (Centineo) in the spring of their senior year after wrong dating in the first movie and surviving a romantic rival for Lara Jean’s affection in the second, preparing them now facing her biggest exam: college

Peter plans to go to Stanford (lol, sure), where he received a lacrosse scholarship (lololol, sure) Lara Jean is sure she will get admitted too – but if she’s denied she has a backup -Plan She’s willing to settle for UC Berkeley, where she got on and which is only an hour’s drive from Stanford. And sure, Peter says, she can move to Stanford as long as she keeps her grades up, actually they’re only going for be apart for a year, not for four (It’s worth noting that in the Jenny Han books that To All the Boys’ films are based on, this plot affects the University of Virginia, Han’s version makes a lot more sense than Peter and Lara Jean betting their relationship on both of them going to school with a 4 percent acceptance rate)

But Lara Jean got inducted into NYU too. And on a class trip to New York, she falls in love with the city. She starts to think that maybe she actually wants to go to NYU, thousands of miles from Stanford – and maybe she does go for every four years, not just for a year until they can switch

Peter, working through some of the growing up issues caused by growing up with an absent father, does not take this idea well, “We both know what 3Means a thousand miles to us, “he says

On a purely structural level, how college affects our lovers’ relationship is a much bigger and more interesting problem for them than the second film’s question of whether Lara Jean would choose someone other than Peter (she didn’t) It’s a meaningful and relatable problem that real high school couples face every year.It has an enjoyable symmetry with To All the Boys’ first film, which began when Lara Jean’s older sister entered high school -Friend dropped as she prepared to go to college and conflicts arise that Centineo and Condor have to play through Her smile becomes a little tense in every scene as one obstacle after the other seems to land between Lara Jean and Peter

Centineo and Condor remain the best part of To All the Boys: Always and forever as they were the best part of PS I still love you.They have a very sexy chemistry that manages to keep even your sweetest moments from ever getting all cute, and you can sell the dizzying joy of first love as easily as you can sell your terror in their impending breakup Sell ​​Centineo remains the reigning advocate of the wistful gaze, and while Condor’s knack for comic book timing is underutilized in Always and Forever, she reminds us of how funny and adorable she can be every time she gets the chance to break it out

But like PS. I still love you, forever and ever, can’t find any strong, specific details on which to base this love story Gone are the yogurt smoothies, hands in back pockets, stolen hair ties.Instead, Always and Forever is full of wordless montages, at which you don’t need interesting details as you can simply rely on romantic surroundings and the smiles of your actors to do the job for you. And the film relies on lazy and signed references to Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet, by which none particularly applies to the story we play between Peter and Lara Jean

It all feels a little generic, a little lazy, a little too cute, none of this is done with the flair that this trilogy showed when it first appeared

When this lovable high school romance comes to an end, it won’t get the happy ending it deserves.Instead, To All the Boys fades out what feels all too much like a fall in yields

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Source: https://www.vox.com/culture/22275220/to-all-the-boys-always-and-forever-review