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To All the Boys: Always and Forever creates memories for young lovers

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever is the third and final installment of the series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, taking place in a small city in Oregon. The movie glimpses into the relationship of Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) as they spend their last year of high school wondering what the future holds for their relationship. Covey wants to pursue a long-distance relationship, while Kavinsky believes that would result in their relationship having a prolonged breakup.  

Overall, I think the movie’s stylistic choices were well done and improved compared to the past movies. The movie inserts eye-catching hand-drawn transitions, emphasizing the modern aesthetic of the movie as the drawings are simplistic, but have enough details to show the setting. Additionally, the movie continues the bright and vivid color scheme from the past two movies but emphasizes different shades of blue and pink this time around, which I interpreted  to express the trust and unconditional love the two had for each other. 

The theme for To All the Boys: Always and Forever was engaging and understandable. The movie focuses on the crossroads in a high school relationship at the end of senior year and the experiences are illustrated carefully through Covey and Kavinsky. The movie did a great job expressing the confusion and fear that senior couples have to endure, but in the end, it rewards the two protagonists by having them stay together, which was unrealistic for many couples.   

Within the plot, I wish there was more character development within Covey as she continues to depend on her relationship with Kavinsky for her happiness. Outside of being each other’s romantic partners, they did not focus on anything else besides one or two hobbies, which was an unrealistic representation of a healthy relationship. Although Covey and Kavinsky continue their relationship, in the end, I believe that a break would have given Covey and Kavinsky time to understand what they need from a relationship. The time would allow them to learn and love more about themselves and, in turn, benefit their future relationship. 

All in all, I do recommend To All the Boys: Always and Forever, despite the unrealistic representation of a healthy relationship. The movie highlights the best out of young love. The beauty of these types of movies is that it shows the intimacy between two young teens who are bound to make mistakes alongside memories. And although we might not know if their love is truly everlasting, the memories they make are, even if they are 3000 miles away.

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