Review – Oh My Venus
When I read what this drama was about, I was worried. I can’t think of one movie or show that actually dealt with weight issues or weight loss in a way that wasn’t 100% fat shaming, other than Bridget Jones. Especially considering the Korean obsession with perfection seems to mirror our own in America. But… I absolutely love the two leads. Is anyone cuter than Shin Min-A and So Ji-Sub? So I took the risk and settled down for Episode 1 fully expecting to be disgusted, annoyed, outraged or offended. But none of those things happened. Sure, the overweight girl wasn’t terribly overweight… but that wasn’t the plot. This show wasn’t about morbid obesity, it wasn’t about societal stigmas or culture wars, and it wasn’t about the deeper philosophies of aesthetics. It was about a beauty who had let herself go, the pressure of school, of work, of a stagnant relationship taking its toll on her physical and mental well being. Yet she persisted on, pushed forward with as much optimism and confidence as she could muster – even as her world broke down around her. It was a standard rom com.
To say I was charmed immediately is an understatement.
This show is sweet, light on the serious drama, and aimed to please. It hits the bullseye. It’s a fluffy romantic comedy with just enough conflict to throw our main characters together and make it deeply satisfying when they both fall head over heels in love. It’s a big “Awwwww” moment in K-drama form.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10.
So, how did a show about weight loss manage to overcome all the usual hurdles and actually be a sincerely adorable romance? Let’s discuss…
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW