movie review reviews The Kissing Booth 2 Dil Bechara

Movie reviews: Hollywood and Bollywood streaming teen romance

The sequel to hit teen rom-com ‘The Kissing Booth’ and a Bollywood version of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ are great movie choices this week.

movie review reviews The Kissing Booth 2 Dil Bechara

Fans of teen movies with a big dash of romance have two great choices this week on the streaming services.

At No 1 on Netflix’s South African popularity charts The Kissing Booth 2 is making waves for all the right reasons.

It’s the sequel to the 2018 hit teen rom-com The Kissing Booth and fans are calling the second film a massive improvement, praising Vince Marcello’s writing and direction.

Teen movie 1: ‘The Kissing Booth 2’

The Kissing Booth 2 movie review Hollywood

To bring you up to speed: the first film introduces Elle Evans and Lee Flynn (played by Joey King and Joel Courtney).

Elle and Lee are best friends, born at the exact same time in the same Los Angeles hospital. They take after the bond their bestie mums share.

Elle and Lee create a set of rules to maintain their friendship over the years and even by high school, things really seem to be going well.

Well, that is, until a kissing booth at a school fundraiser and Elle and Lee’s rule number nine clash.

Elle shares a kiss with Lee’s hunky big brother Noah (Jacob Elordi) in the booth. However, rule nine reads: “Relatives of Your Best Friend are Totally Off-Limits”. Feel the chaos ensuing?

With clichés galore and chunks of predictability, it was the initial concept and performances that made the first film more than passable.

The second one is miles ahead of the start-up. Marcello’s writing matures massively and the screenplay is much crisper.

The introduction of new, well-woven characters and the depth in the leads add a new dimension to the franchise and make The Kissing Booth 2 an incredible viewing experience.

The producers this week announced a third instalment so best get on board the hype train if you haven’t already!

  • The Kissing Booth 2 is now streaming on Netflix and rates an 8/10.

Teen movie 2: ‘Dil Bechara’

Dil Bechara movie review Bollywood

Next up we take an emotional glimpse into what Bollywood has on offer.

Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide but before his tragic death he appeared in Dil Bechara, his final piece of work.

This is the final appearance on screen so fans of Rajput should not miss it.

Dil Bechara is an official remake of the highly acclaimed Hollywood film, The Fault in our Stars, the love story of Kizie and Manny.

The film introduces Sanjana Sanghi to the industry. She has been a spark waiting to be ignited and her performance is truly spectacular — Bollywood can really say hello to a new star.

Saif Ali Khan also makes an important appearance — his character is vital to the narrative and his scene is one of the most memorable in the film.

Mukesh Chhabra’s narrative flows in his debut directorial and screenwriters Suprotim Sengupta and Shashank Khaitan ensure a taut script with crisp editing.

The one-hour 40-minute duration is almost too short at parts, especially when you look at the levels of performance. 

AR Rahman’s music is remarkable as well, and it is worth it to listen to the soundtrack  after seeing the film. It is so typical of Rahman to provide a soundtrack that resonates so much more after watching how it fits into the narrative.

  • Dil Bechara is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, with all the news of its global release being announced on Bollywood Frenzy as it becomes available. The film rates an 8/10.