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  • Reviews - Beautiful World
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    irmar

      10

    Well done! Superbly written drama, all about the details and the nuances of emotion and character. It slowly and deliciously squeezes all the possible things that happen after such an occurrence and carefully explores how it affects everyone: the teenagers, the parents, the teachers, the outsiders, the victims, the perpetrators, the passive onlookers and the ones who want either to reveal the truth or to cover it up. Sometimes roles are inversed, and people get to explore facets of themselves they weren't aware of, and discover shocking truths hidden deep inside. Watching the drama unfold, slowly but with a steady pace, sucking us in, we all start wondering "What would I do in this person's place? How would I react? Can I really guarantee I wouldn't have done the same?" The writing is compassionate, with healing in mind, and - with one exception - nobody is a completely evil person, and nobody is an angel without faults either. Oh well, yes, there is one weakness. Nam Da Reum's role was too saccharine, kind and angelic, so not his most interesting so far. Not enough screen time either, and for most of it he's lying motionless on a bed, eyes closed, while everybody else gets to play strong emotional scenes by his side. He must have been so bored shooting this! Originality? Not really. Bullying, school rooftops, falsehoods, corrupt school officials, inefficient cops, misguided arrogant parents, cold rich and miserable families versus warm and happy middle-class ones? We've seen all these time and again! I could quickly mention "Solomon's Perjury" and, in a more romantic comedy style, "My Strange Hero", but there are many, many more. Yes, there's nothing really original, but the whole thing is so well done that you don't mind too much. The actors are solid too, both the "good" couple and the antagonist couple, featuring the creepy lady from "Perfect Wife". One more thing: I was glad they didn't finish neatly the teen love stories because frankly I didn't like either of the two candidates for him. But I would have liked a hint about the two likeable single adults (I don't want to spoil, that's why I'm being so vague). Just a call asking her to hang out would have been enough. Did they completely forget about them?

  • Reviews - He Is Psychometric
    irmar
    irmar

      10

    Excellent drama. This, and "Room 9" which shares the same mood, are two of the best I've watched in the past few months. The plot was well-thought out, the characters distinctive and interesting, with a nice arc, and the acting on point. Jinyoung, playing the male lead had a shaky beginning in the first couple of episodes, but he became better and better, pulling off even difficult scenes very decently. I think you can count him as a regular actor from now on (just be careful of this eye thing you're doing, the wide-eye unblinking stuff) and, with some more experience under a good director, he might become a really good one in the future. Shin Ye Eun, the leading girl, was a fresh, pleasant surprise as well: I had trouble believing that this was her first appearance (except for a teen web drama). She seems to be a seasoned actress already!, The second lead gave a solid performance, as well as all the other characters. Very little cheesiness, very little makjang, the clichés were mild and didn't bother the viewer. Also, few instances of product placement (these few were jarring, though, because they clashed with the overall tone), and, very importantly, a fitting finale which didn't disappoint, without question marks or rushing. Well done! Watching this drama is not always pleasant or comfortable: starting from the close-ups of burned or drowned corpses, to the chilling scenes of abuse and thriller-like scenes towards the end, which now took the place of romance, bromance and comedy (frankly I didn't miss the comedy of the first chapters, it was not the drama's strong point). However ... you just cannot stop, it's so addictive, you just "have" to watch the next episode. It must have been difficult for those who watched it while airing. Heartily recommended.

  • irmar
    irmar

      5

    Nothing original here. This project's concept in the beginning was to be a Korean “Sex and The City” without sex. But it was nothing like it, they turned it into a quintessential patchwork of k-drama clichés. Everything here is the well-tested recipe and feels stale and predictable even in its details and execution. The drama is watchable, has its sweet moment, but definitely not the high point of the career of any involved. I don’t think the male main lead is main lead material. He’s usually relegated in secondary roles and that’s where he should remain. He’s not very good, he’s not bad either, just indifferent. The female lead… I usually like her a lot, but here she didn’t have anything interesting to do, acting-wise. Moreover, I was distracted by the ugly haircut (why did they chop her luxurious hair?) which made her very common and the super-ugly and ridiculous wardrobe: skirts with a scissor cut and a piece hanging, clown tops and so on. As if they were trying their best to humiliate and to uglyfy this gorgeous woman. Of course she is still beautiful, but definitely nothing like her usual self.