Review – High End Crush
Another deceptive title image. This in no way reflects the tone or the plot line of this drama. But whatever, I’ll save my title image ranting for another day.
The Plot, Short Version: Eccentric wealthy dude falls for stubborn country girl.
High End Crush. What to say, what to say. Thankfully the leading man was entertaining enough to carry this short drama to its obvious conclusion with a few laughs along the way and a few enjoyable romantic moments too. But…
After finishing this series, I think I can officially state that I don’t like “short” dramas. It’s like having annoying commercial interruptions ALL THE TIME, right when interesting things start happening. I think if they had strung up all the episodes together and let them play as one long string, without the constant stop/start of intros and exits, it would have been a quality short drama, if not a bit on the hammy side. If it ever makes it to Netflix, they will do this for us. They did it with The Guild and it made the entire viewing experience so much more enjoyable.
What else can I say about this drama? I finished it a few days ago and have been chewing on what to write for a review. It’s so problematic. Here’s why… the things I liked about this show were also the things I hated about this show.
Example 1: I loved the idea of a young woman from deep in the mountains, disconnected from modern society… and yet I didn’t buy it. At all. The entire sequence of events in the mountains felt like theater scenery and unnatural to both characters. She did not seem like a young woman cut off from modern society at all. It just felt off.
Example 2: I loved the love/hate relationships inspired by the main male character. His shrink, his employees, his personal assistant all hated him with a passion… and yet they loved him too because he was interesting and flamboyant and really good at his job. And yet I couldn’t really figure out what his job WAS or what he did or if it was, indeed, impressive. It just seemed like a glossed over subject.
Example 3: The disloyal yet lovable assistant. This contrasting nature made the character both deviously hysterical and enjoyable. Sometimes. And other times I thought, “there’s no way this guy wouldn’t have been fired three years ago,” or worse, it made the assistant come across as a true asshole, which is not endearing whatsoever. And this is one of my favorite actors, too, so it hurts to say that…
There’s some really cute romantic comedy moments in this show. And some pretty spectacular lines and witty banter… like this scene in the car…
But overall it was just MEH. I enjoyed all the characters, mostly, and was entertained… but I also felt cheated out of a good drama, which it might have been if given room to stretch its legs.
Overall Rating – 7/10. Size Matters.