Review – In Need of Romance 3

Review – In Need of Romance 3

The more I think about this show, the more I dislike it.  I will admit being biased, as I don’t care for Kim So-Yeon.  She’s one of my least favorite actresses in K-World.  She’s like Seth Rogan… krytonite to my viewing experience.  So, I should have known better going in… but I thought, Sung Joon might save it… or Namgung Min.  Nope.

The plot is basically about a young girl who was a nanny for a rich boy all through her childhood, watching this kid from infancy until he was about 10 or so.  For him it was all sunshine and roses, but for her it was hell.  Time jump about 17 years and she’s grown up to be a bitchy, successful producer of a home shopping network and he has grown up to be a naive, successful musician.  They have a ten second romance before his identity is revealed, and then they basically switch roles from their childhoods – with him acting as the caregiver and her as the busied dependent coming in and out without appreciating him.  And, you know, they slowly fall in love.  I guess.  You’ve also got all the coworkers at the home shopping network going through their own romances – none of which are very noteworthy.  They’re so cliche and one note, they’re basically wallpaper.

One of my pet peeves is tedious voice overs – especially when they’re trying to be poetic or introspective and it doesn’t seem to match the character at all.  This show was stock full of annoying voice overs of our two main character musing about life and love and blah, blah, blah.  Just, show NOT tell, please.  If you couldn’t get that message across in the drama, then it’s lazy writing to try to throw it on top as a voice over.  Yuck.  The voice overs were like those contrite memes with inspirational sayings.  Also, the dialogue was a mess.  There were too many instances of a character saying something that sounded way too measured and preachy for sporadic conversation.  What, did they memorize this speech before hand?  It felt so unnatural.  Our male lead calmly lecturing our female lead about her emotional state… “maybe you’re just a person who doesn’t recognize your own feelings” was ridiculous.  People don’t talk like that.  Even therapists don’t talk like that.  The whole show was like this.  Groan inducing.

What the show DID have going for it was open mouth kissing.  And quite a bit of it.  And bed scenes (mainly “after” where there’s a dude without a shirt and the girl mysteriously sleeps in pajamas).  It was quite frank with its sexual tone.  If only I cared about whether any of them ever got laid, ever again in their lives.  But I didn’t.  I basically just enjoyed the eye candy and fast-forwarded through massive chunks of the eps towards the end.  Honestly, I should have just watched some kiss compilation videos on youtube… saved myself from the constant eye rolling.

Overall Rating – 4/10.  French Kissing Does Not Make Up For Bad Writing.

Review – Falling in Love with Soon Jung

Review – Falling in Love with Soon Jung

I just didn’t get this show.  I watched it.  The whole freakin’ thing.  Cause… I don’t know.  Why did I keep watching it?

Soon Jung is boring… sooo, sooo boring.  Why did all these people fall in love with her in the first place?  It’s not Kim So Yeon’s fault – she can be wonderful in shows but apparently she forgot to read the script before she agreed to make this drama. The haircut did NOTHING for her.  It made her look like an expressionless mannequin… and her face has always looked a little manufactured to me anyways, so that didn’t help.  They should have made a little effort to give this character some depth or dimension, cause she was as flat and dry as cardboard.

Jung Kyung Ho played the asshole businessman who gets a heart transplant from a nice guy, magically transforming him into a decent human being.  He was cute in this.  Not amazing, not even necessarily memorable, but cute.  At least he brought his character to life and had fun with it… and with his hair.  Plus he had an adorable male secretary.

Yoon Hyun Min played the most interesting character – the dude who’d been in love with Soon Jung forever but had always stepped aside.  But after her fiance died, he thought he finally had a chance.  Wrong!  Her fiance’s heart ended up in his business rival’s chest and the next thing you know, he’s playing the entire sad story out again.  Except this time he’s not gonna bow out gracefully.  Nope.  This time he’s gonna go bat shit crazy and see if maybe scaring his crush to death might be a more successful romantic approach.  While normally I would say “What were you thinking?” this method has actually worked in other dramas… so… you never know.  He was a complicated mess of a man, though, and the most fun to watch.

The plot is dull.  Some people are trying to save some vague cosmetic business while other people want to sell it off to make money.  You won’t care.  You’re supposed to care, I think, but they forgot to tell us why.  Cause, uh… people work there?  Whatever.  And then there’s the mystery of how Soon Jung’s fiance died – which is revealed to the viewer about halfway through the show so we have to sit around until everyone figures it out.  The two dudes fighting over Soon Jung aren’t interesting as a dynamic because she only likes one of them and not the other – so there’s no real triangle at all, just this sad unrequited love from this sort of sad, pathetic dude whose lost his marbles.

I really should have dropped this drama.  I’ve been watching it in chunks for weeks, just going back to it when I had a little time here and there.  I don’t know why, honestly.  It was not worth sixteen hours of my time.  The “romance” sucked.

Overall Rating – 5/10.  Why Does Anyone Fall In Love With Soon Jung?