Review – Secret Love Affair (a PG Rated Erotic Tale)
I avoided this show for a long time due to the “noona romance” but finally gave in when I saw it pop up on Netflix. I’ve read a ton of reviews on it, raving about how sexy it was, how divine, how romantic and beautiful and so on. And it is all of those things. But it’s also incredibly demure. This show is such a tease!
I enjoyed Secret Love Affair. But I didn’t love it. I loved the music. I loved the cinematography. I loved the writer’s for leaving a great deal of the performances “unspoken” and giving the actors a chance to emote with their facial expressions. The husband, in particular, became more interesting due to his actions and reactions of the affair. What a complicated man. And yet I found most of the characters very unlikable. And tedious. And boring. And though our lead couple shared a connection through music, I couldn’t really understand what either of them saw in each other… except for the obvious cliches associated with a relationship with such a vast age difference.
Plot: Unhappily married woman in crappy job finds solace and escape in the arms of a struggling young piano prodigy. Both their lives become more complicated because of it. Subplot and perhaps moral of the story: Rich people are mostly jerks, but since a lot of people will do unethical and crappy things to get money, can we really throw stones in our glass houses? And do you even like your glass houses or have you just bought the lie?
Overall Rating – 8/10. A Major Musical Seduction and a Minor Romance in B Flat.
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Review – Man from the Equator
There is a certain grandiose nature (also known as being waaaay overdramatic for no reason) to these older melodramas that can’t be replicated. Maybe it’s the standard tv (box) formatting. Maybe it’s the lack of fancy cinematography, most of the shots are head on and there are many long cuts. Maybe it’s the emotional music, reminiscent of soap operas from the States in the late 20th century. There’s a roughness to the characters, a grittiness and cruelty… as well as honest and instinctual love. This is a story about two young men who become unlikely best friends, the smartest boy in the school and the street fighter. They are two totally different people, and though they become best friends, their values, motivations, and personalities remain independent of one another, even over time. In a way, those are some of the best friendships. And like most good things, they require a lot of work. So does this drama. Perhaps more work than it deserves…
The first part of this drama is captivating and interesting – but unfortunately the second and third part just drag and drag and drag. Part two involves a wandering story line of love and blindness, and part three is about revenge but manages to forget that half the time and just bore us with flashbacks, unnecessarily long sequences of staring, walking, staring, pondering, staring and more staring. I don’t think I’ve seen a show that enjoyed focusing on a character just staring pensively into the distance more Man from the Equator. Still, I didn’t hate it I just… wanted to speed it up.
Overall Rating – 4/10. Not Recommended For Tourists.
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Review – Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
One of most feel-good of feel-good dramas out there. I’d like to give a standing ovation to this show for presenting one of the healthiest relationships I have ever seen in a K-Drama. Could there be two more likable leads? I’m struggling to think of anyone I’ve liked together more than this adorable pair. Watching them together was magical. It was such a fun, feisty, genuine romance. It was like eating sunshine.
Plot, Short Version: While two college athletes slowly fall in love, this show will wrap you up like a warm blanket and snuggle you.
Overall Rating – 10/10. This Drama Takes Home All The Gold Medals.