Welcome to another edition of screen rambles! Screen rambles is a monthly features- or at least, I tried to make it monthly– where I just rambling about the things I watched in the previous month.
Despite August still being a holiday, it was a pretty hectic month and I struggle to keep up. As the result, I didn’t watch a lot of stuff this month, except 2 movies and some random episodes of SVU.
One Fine Day
I think this is an old but popular rom-com, and it also has young George Clooney so of course I have to watch it. It tells the story of a single mom and a single dad, try to babysit respective and each other’s children during a hectic day in NYC. What started as a hateful relationship blossoms into something more.
I really enjoyed how it captures the hardship of a single parent and the setting really give me nostalgic feelings. The chemistry between the two leads are 🔥, but romance didn’t really give me a lot of feels. Despite that, I still find myself squealing in the last few scenes though 😍
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
I enjoyed Lara Jean series, but wasn’t in love with it. Still, it doesn’t stop me from hyping up the movie. The last 2 weeks of August were pretty hectic for me, so I just watched it recently. And I can say, I enjoy this more than the book!
The story is pretty faithful to the book, with minor changes that some I enjoyed, while others don’t. The first one is the reveal of who sent the letters were done early on and the motivation was changed. I did not like this change, as it take out the fun of guessing who changed it and make the character more annoying than they were in the book. Josh was also nicer in the movie, and they made up in the end. I remember liking him but disliking him in the end when I read the book, but in the movie, we could see how frustrated he is to be ignored and hanged on by the Covey sisters. I guess the movie just gave him more dimension and I’m glad they made up in the end!
Another change I dislike is how they changed the reason why Peter and Lara Jean kissed in middle school, so it seems like Gen is the villain and just can’t let it go. And it also paints Lara Jean as innocent. I wish they would just leave it be because it reduced Gen into a caricature. However, I love that the movie put in some plot points from P.S I Love You in this one, but I’m worried what are they going to do with the second movie then 🤔
Lana Condor did an amazing job portraying Lara Jean, it’s clear that she’s more naive compared to the rest of her peers, but not that much that she couldn’t hang out with them (I wish the movie includes more scenes of Lara hanging out with Peter’s clique). What surprised me is how they all supposed to be 16- Lara certainly believeable, but the rest of the cast and characters looks and acts like they are 18. Everyone is talking about Kavinsky and I agree that he’s p e r f e c t, so I have no more to add on that topic, but I really enjoyed that we see more of Lucas here in the movie! He’s so underrated!
Last two things I enjoyed are a) how close the sisters/the whole family are and b) the cinematography. Seriously, I love the blue tint/cool temperature the movie has. It fits perfectly with the aesthetics of the book!
All in all, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a cute and sweet adaptation that stay faithful to the book. The cast and crew did a fantastic job of capturing the book, and I think we all can agree that we can’t wait for the sequel to be released 🙌