To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

I’m probably way too late now to talk about this movie, but seriously, I’ve been watching it like four times already and it’s not healthy. But considering I’ve been watching Love, Simon (2018) way more than that, I’d maybe take the statement back. I didn’t have a very high expectation when I was about to watch, as I haven’t read the book yet. But my timeline was crazily talking about this movie! SO, that’s where my expectation coming from! Without further ado, let’s get into the review, shall we?

Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.

First of all, this review will be coming from someone who’s never read the book before. I’ve saw couple of reviews earlier which stated they don’t like the book, but they really like the movie. Therefore, I don’t considered myself to be missed out that much. The movie, however, even as cheesy as it can be, is actually quite enjoyable. Let’s started about the plot. It’s decent and okay-ish (?) in my opinion, has a bit of fan fiction vibes, has commonly used characters (c’mon, a cute protagonist, a cool best friend, a popular evil antagonist, along with ’em boys), and predictable storyline. However, it works and it’s fun to watch. What you can do about it, really? Perhaps it’s the charming actors and actresses (beep beep, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo!) or talk about the power of buzz and viral marketing.

Aside from those commonly used characters, this movie got a few of authentic ones, actually. The chill, laid back and loving single father who apparently also works as gynecologist, check. The feminine, emotional and can be insensitive older sister who study abroad, check. The funny and sassy younger sister who accidentally makes Korean yogurt become a trend, check. Overall, I just love the Covey sisters (and dad!).

[su_quote cite=”Lara Jean Covey”]”‘Cause the more people that you let into your life, the more that can just walk right out.”[/su_quote]

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Now, let’s talk about the characters. I found it to be slightly annoying that they don’t dig deeper on certain characters’ personality, like Christine and Gen. Christine is actually an interesting one, although they’re being stereotypical and didn’t really showed us that much aside from her being super cool by saying super cool sentences in super cool tones wearing super cool outfit with her super cool hairdo and makeup after coming back from a super cool concert. We get it, okay. Christine is cool. No need for exaggerating. This sounds like I hated Christine, but I really don’t! I just disappointed because her character got so many potentials. Gen, on the other side, is only shown as the evil ex-girlfriend. What do we know about her? She’s popular, she pursed her lips a lot (just like Emma Roberts’ tutorial on Jimmy Fallon) and surprise, surprise, she used to be the main character’s best friend (typical, much?).

Also, can we give appreciation for sets in this movie?! Lots of them are insanely gorgeous and make me want to live in it. However, the one that really stole the spotlight is going to be Lara Jean’s messy bedroom. What is minimalism? I don’t know her. Bring those 2012 bedroom inspo Tumblr-inspired back, please!

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This movie is full with clever lines, even witty sometimes! This is my favorite interaction between Lara Jean and Peter:

[su_quote]”Peter: I asked Kitty where to find those yogurt drinks you like so much. // Lara Jean: The Korean grocery store is all the way across town. // Peter: I know. So if I went all the way across town to get you something that you liked, then that means… // Lara Jean: You must really liked yogurt?”[/su_quote]

Rating: ★★★½

[su_heading size=”12″ margin=”10″]Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before | Director: Susan Johnson | Genre: Comedy • DramaRomance | Release Date: August 17, 2018 | Casts: Lana Condor & Noah Centineo | LINKS: LetterboxdNetflixTrailer[/su_heading]

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Have you watched this movie? If so, what do you think about it? Have you read the book? If so, how was it compared to the movie? Are you looking forward to watch this movie after reading my review? Let me know!

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Hey everyone! Today is September 1st and it’s time to back to Hogwarts! To celebrate this memorable day (and to mark this as my very first post!) I want to do The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag! I found this tag over Destiny’s blog and I knew I have to do it as well. I haven’t re-read or re-watch the Harry Potter franchise for quite a while, so it’s thrilling to do this tag and remind myself that I’m a massive Potterhead and I used to be obsessed with everything Harry Potter related (I still am, though). So, here we go!

1. Favorite book?

This one comes easy! It’s the Prisoner of Azkaban since it’s the first Harry Potter book that I owned (back when I was nine years old). I also loved it because we got Sirius’s first appearance in this book and eventually learned that Harry still has a family. :’)

2. Least favorite book?

Ugh, I don’t really think I have one until I got this question. But, if I really have to choose, it’s probably Order of Phoenix. I don’t really have any particular reason except for Sirius’ death.

3. Favorite movie?

Goblet of Fire! I think it’s amazing that we got glimpse of Quidditch World Cup here, how everyone was super hyped about it and also the appearance of other magical schools.

4. Least favorite movie?

It’s going to be Order of Phoenix again. A combination of Sirius’ death and visualization of Dolores Umbridge? No, thank you.

5. Favorite quote?

“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled. “. Ms.Granger really got her priority right!

6. Favorite Weasley?

It used to be Fred and George back then, but since I watched more of Domnhall Gleeson’s filmography recently, it slowly turned to Bill. I wish he got more screen time, though!

7. Favorite female character?

Minerva McGonagall! She’s super bad-ass, very smart, is a cat and (definitely) a cat person too, unexpected (“Have a biscuit, Potter.”), has a resting bitch face 99% of the time, hate Umbridge (probably more than us), is super excited about the Yule Ball, and of course, is a queen of alliteration (“I will not have you, in one night, besmirching that name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!”).

8. Favorite villain?

I think most of us will agree that it’s going to be Draco Malfoy.

9. Favorite male character?

This one is predictable but Sirius Black, it is. Despite of my emotional connection over his character because of Prisoner of Azkaban, he’s a great father figure that Harry has been long missed. I also loved the fact that he’s not being overprotective to Harry and allowed him to know about everything that has been going on, because if there’s one person who has the most right to know about those movement against Voldemort, it is Harry.

10. Favorite professor?

McGonagall, for sure. Although, I’m pretty sure that I’d failed in two seconds if I ever take her class.

11. Wash Snape’s hair, or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Snape all the way. I’ll fall asleep in 2 minutes if I choose Lockhart.

12. Duel an elated Bellatrix, or an angry Molly?

I’m terrified of Bellatrix, so angry Molly, then. I got zero opportunity if I have to duel with either of them, but at least Molly looks nicer.

13. Travel to Hogwarts via Hogwarts Express or a flying car?

Hogwarts Express, of course. You got to snacking all the way to Hogwarts!

14. Kiss Voldemort, or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

Um, hi, Voldy…

15. Ride a hippogriff, or ride a firebolt?

Firebolt because I think I’ll be chicken out in front of a hippogriff.

16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies versus the books?

Aside from calm Dumbledore vs angry Dumbledore in the Goblet of Fire? Not really, I guess. I also haven’t re-read the books for years, so I can’t recall the differences very well.

17. Is there a movie you preferred over its book?

I think it’s probably Goblet of Fire. The visualization of action packs are priceless!

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

I’d say Michael Gambon, but I can’t deny Richard Harris’ version of Dumbledore is really adorable and funny and a lot more like the books.

19. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you the most?

Peeves! And the majority of Potterhead are probably answering the same.

20. If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

None. They aren’t perfect but they are irreplaceable.

21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

I always guess I’d be a Hufflepuff, just because I always thought that I’m not very brave, neither intelligent or ambitious.

22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?

I guessed it right. Hufflepuff!

23. Which class would be your favorite?

Charms. Can’t wait to use all of them to make life easier!

24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Accio, Lumos and Nox.

25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become best friends with?

I think Ron and I will get along pretty well. Procrastinate homeworks, big appetite, afraid of spiders (any bugs in my case), and having no idea what’s going on 90% of the time.

26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

The cloak of invisibility. I’m an introvert and will use it 24/7 whenever I need to recharge myself from being social.

27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

Not really.

28. Favorite marauder?

Sirius!

29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Either Sirius (because Harry needs him), or Remus (because Teddy needs him), or Fred (because George needs him). Oh well, I can’t decide after all.

30. Hallows or horcruxes?

Hallows! Who in their right mind will choose horcruxes and voluntarily split their soul in pieces? Not me.

There you have it! That was fun to answer and it definitely makes me want to re-read and re-watch everything. I tag every Potterhead who came across this post. It’s your turn now!