Review – Man to Man / ManXMan
A good summer drama with a lot of exciting action sequences, exotic locations, and hammy comedy. It wasn’t perfect – and kinda tried to pack too many layers on its club sandwich, if you ask me, but I still had fun trying to eat it. It’s not quite one genre or another, which I think was the only failing of this show – as I kept wanting it to lean left, into more exciting action/suspense, or just stay firmly right in the romantic comedy zone. The constant shuffling between the two made me feel a little jet lagged.
Plotline: A secret agent (played to perfection by Park Hae-Jin) goes undercover as a bodyguard to a goofy, middle aged actor (another ideal casting decision to choose Park Sung-Woong) – who, by the way, was hysterical – and gets romantically entangled with his over the top possessive female manager (Kim Min-Jung). Missions to recover stolen artifacts, corrupt politicians, the extremely sexy Yeon Jeong-Hun, showbusiness shenanigans and more will entertain you for hours.
Sure, there are better shows. But this one was fun trip with a huge cast of stars, tons of cameos, and… well… a little something of everything, really. Unfortunately, that also meant it wasn’t a lot of one thing, which was ultimately its downfall.
Overall Rating – 7/10 – Undercover Romantic Tactics Will Be Used.