Like most book bloggers, I was PUMPED for the release of the Netflix original movie based on Jenny Han’s iconic book series. After a VERY long week, Max and I settled down to watch it with some Chipotle, hoping for the best but with some skepticism (Max because he didn’t know much about it and I think he was expecting it to be boring, me because I’m only halfway through the second book and haven’t finished the series yet). Overall I think we were both pleasantly surprised with the movie, but I wanted to round up my thoughts in one place since there is so much buzz going around about the film still.
P.S.- this post may contain spoilers for the movie/book, read at your own risk!
- Lana Condor did such a great job of capturing Lara Jean’s essence. Max kept referring to her as being “wholesome” which I found accurate but also for some reason hilarious, so we just kept shouting “wholesome” at the screen whenever something, well, wholesome happened lol.
- The pacing felt a little off to both of us- to Max it felt rushed, but to me it actually felt kind of slow (maybe because I just read the book?)
- I was surprised that the storyline veered into book 2 so much. I’m wondering if they do more movies if they will have enough content to do a whole P.S. I Still Love You movie or if they’ll combine the second and third book into one.
- I was a bit disappointed in the fact that there was such little mention of Lara Jean’s Korean heritage in the movie (especially when it’s such an important part of the book). Aside from the opening scene when their dad is making Koren food, it’s really not alluded to much. Also, I cringed when they called themselves the “Covey” girls- it should be the Song girls!!
- Lara Jean’s aesthetic of baking cookies, watching movies on her couch, and staying in her pajamas all night on the weekend is my personal aesthetic. (#goingoutisoverrated) (#iamold)
- Max thought Kavinsky was going to be sort of a tool (and so did I honestly, I’m not overly impressed by him in the books) but we actually were both sort of charmed by him in the movie.
- Josh’s character really depressed me. He just seemed so much more obsessive and sad in the movie than in the books, where he at least has one other friend to hang out with. It was like he just spent the whole movie lurking outside of the Covey house.
- I felt like there were a lot of awkward pauses in the movie? Like between dialogue? I wasn’t sure if this was done on purpose or not (perhaps to show the awkwardness of the teenage experience)?
- I loved that Kavinsky’s friend totally did the “Largie” nickname thing for Lara Jean (I love when they keep little details from the books that they don’t necessarily have to in film adaptations, it makes it seem like they care about the source content). Also apparently Kavinsky’s friend is played by a Youtuber? (Max was pleasantly surprised, I had no idea who he was talking about though lol).
- Jenny Han’s cameo was adorable!
- I know in a movie we can’t expect to get the same sort of character development in the book, however I really didn’t feel connected to Margo’s character at all, which is a bummer since her and Lara Jean’s relationship is really important in the novel.
- Mr. Covey was hilarious, with his open sex-ed talk to his day-drinking-eavesdropping-on-teenage-girl-drama. (Also, I think he’s the husband from My Big Fat Greek Wedding?)
- I have mixed feelings about Kitty being aged up. Like I see how it made the plot easier and made it easier to integrate her into Lara Jean’s life/drama, but I also miss sassy 9 year old Kitty who names her dog Jaime Fox Pickle and makes inappropriate HBO references.
- I saw a lot of people on Twitter lamenting that the movie was hard to find on Netflix, but for us it popped up right as the banner advertisement, so apparently my electronics have been listening to me lol (creepy yet convenient).
Overall we found it to be a sweet movie and I loved Lara Jean seeing Lara Jean on screen, even if I had a few small complaints. Have you watched it yet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!