To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Find it on: Netflix

Year: 2018

I keep leaning towards teen romances lately, I don’t know why. It may be because of the innocence and naivety. So many romcoms are just so unreal that it’s hard to take any stock into it; it’s all so modern fairy tale. But, teen romances are more believable. Hormones are going crazy and everything does feel like it’s world-stopping amazing or horrible. It’s relatable. “To all the boys I’ve loved before” had that feeling. It was down-to-earth though, simple but real, and the emotions felt on-point. The diversity didn’t feel forced either, it felt realistic. I hope other movies mimic that natural diversity in the future.

The plot itself is cute, although a familiar trope. Lara Jean is a simple high school student, not in the popular crowd and has mainly one best friend, but she’s secure and mainly has her feet on the ground. Besides her affinity for romance novels, she’s pretty much avoided all-things love related. Any crushes have been carefully hidden, known only to her in love letters she’s never sent. But Lara Jean’s life is turned upside down when somehow those forbidden letters are sent. Five embarrassing letters have been sent out and she now has to deal with the overwhelming and even detrimental consequences they have caused.

Honestly, it’s so fun. Lara Jean is such a great character because she really has this vivid imagination, but she’s still working out how her inner self relates to how she acts on the outside. In general, she’s such an easy going character it’s easy to love her. Being a Netflix movie it’s not surprising that there are a couple things that could’ve flowed better or been expanded on, but all in all it was very well done. I don’t have many complaints on the actual actors either. They all played their parts very well. I think her friend, Josh, could’ve been a touch better; he just felt awkward at times and it doesn’t feel like it was supposed to be intentional.

Stardust

 

Stardust. My favorite movie for the longest time and I still think it is pretty great, albeit not my all-time fave anymore. This film has just about everything one could hope for: magic, princes, witches, ghosts, pirates and some pretty exciting action scenes all wrapped up in a classic coming-to-age hero story.

The plot is about Tristan Thorn, an awkward shop boy, who vows his undying love for Victoria, the town beauty, by promising to find her a fallen star across Wall. The Wall being a magical barrier between realms and soon Tristan finds out that he’s not the only one going after the star nor is the celestial object quite what he expected.

I would suggest this movie to almost anyone, but it may be a little too violent with a couple too many sexual innuendos to be appropriate for younger kids, but it’s certainly a teen film that can be thoroughly enjoyed by adults.

(Small Spoiler Ahead: Tread Carefully)

I love this movie; not only because it has a little bit of everything, but because of the unusual and fun characters. My only qualm with this movie is that it apparently only occurs over a week and in that time our leading man becomes, just that, a man. I suppose, when thinking about it, he already knew (spoiler) how to fence from school, but lacked the confidence. The time that he spends with a certain crew gives him the assurance to utilize that skill. When I think about it like that it doesn’t make it seem as illogical and impractical as my first conclusion; it still bothers me sometimes though.

The Secret of Moonacre

 

So, I just finished watching this marvelous movie. When I saw the cover I thought it must be some sort of wannabe Narnia movie, you know, with the big lion and all that; but I was pleasantly surprised. Although this movie might be deemed more for teens, I didn’t have a problem at all with it. The movie is actually pretty dark and the cast is exemplary. It was a simple fantasy story of magic and belonging.

The plot is about Maria, a young Lady whose father had been murdered and who had gambled away the poor girl’s inheritance and home. The only thing she is left from him is a mysterious book about the history of place called Moonacre, her father’s childhood home. Maria gets sent to her estranged Uncle, a rude stand-offish man, whose home has more places that are restricted than allowed. Maria soon starts realizing that Moonacre holds a dark secret and soon she’s pulled into the strange war that has been raging for hundreds of years.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I felt sometimes that it seemed to jump from one thing to the other too quickly and without a complete explanation of events that were occurring like scenes were cut out. I looked on the internet and tried to see if there was an extended version, but with no luck. Other than that I thought the film was great. I’d suggest this movie to anyone who likes fantasy. The imagery, graphics and feel of the movie are all top notch level.