The second movie in the To All the Boys franchise is charming and adorable—but P.S. I preferred the first one.
This post for To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is spoiler-free.
It has been two years since To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before created buzz on Netflix—I’m happy to report that its sequel (available to stream on Wednesday, February 12), To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020, directed by Michael Fimognari) is as charming as the first one. Based on the novel of the same name by Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You picks up from where the first movie left off and takes audiences through a bump into Lara Jean Song Covey’s (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) romantic relationship.
Peter now has competition, as one of the recipients of Lara Jean’s old love letters has replied back to her. Lara Jean soon develops a crush towards John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher) and is faced with a dilemma of deciding who she wants to be with. Fisher’s John Ambrose is so charming in the little scenes that he appears in. His character serves the main purpose of being Lara Jean’s second love interest and is underdeveloped in this movie, but his charismatic bright smile makes up for his underwhelming character arc.
It’s really cool that in this sequel, the cultural heritage of Lara Jean is depicted more extensively to audiences. From wearing the traditional Korean hanbok to including Korean words into the script, the best moment from the entire movie for me was when Kill This Love by BLACKPINK came on.
While the aesthetics, tone and direction of P.S. I Still Love You remains the same as the first movie, the sequel is lacking in terms of having a compelling story because at the end of the day, P.S. I Still Love You is like any other teenage rom-com. With that being said, I’m still looking forward to the third movie, which is currently in the works.