Review – King 2 Hearts / The King 2heart
Ah… King 2 Hearts… a hit from 2012 that is still great. It imagines a constitutional monarchy in modern South Korea, but with the same divide between North and South. Our male main character is the second in line to the throne, but reluctant to step up to the demands and responsibilities of his title. In an attempt to help him “grow up,” the King sends him on a peace-making mission to work with North Koreans for a military collaboration. There he meets our female lead, a North Korean assassin. Throw in a maniacal global arms dealer determined to crush the monarchy, a motley but lovable group of soldiers, royals, and all the family and political intrigue of mixing two long-separated countries… and you have an amazing show that is sure to entertain.
Overall Rating 9/10. A Fairy Tale Romance With North Korean Cuteness. Who Knew?
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Review – Goong / Princess Hours
I would have loved this ten years ago. The premise is pretty cute, though a little weak threaded. Modern monarchy in South Korea, arranged marriages between a charming, oddball “commoner” and the aloof, jerky prince, some inner palace strife over who gets the throne, yada yada. It got ridiculously convoluted at the end… but then again, with the foreshadowing in the first episode, it fit right in. I mean… the prince’s portrait showed him standing in front of a burning building. Either that artist had an agenda, or that is some heavy handed foreshadowing thrown in for no reason other than to make viewers go, “Why is he standing in front of a burning building in his official royal portrait? What’s the story there? Did the artist read the drama script?”
Yoon Eun-Hye is adorable and I love her just about everything. I loved her in this – and she was the only reason I kept watching, even when it dragged its feet and I wondered if there would be some, uhm… conflict? Or… romance? Or… interesting plotlines? Eh, so so. It’s a rather deliciously shallow gem from 2006. As for Cinderella stories, they never get old… though I believe you’ll find better options. Shining Inheritance came out a few years later and I thought it was much cuter, personally. Anyways, Goong is a classic and I always felt a little bad for not watching it… so I sat down and let it roll. I am glad I stuck it out, cause… even though a bit of a bore, seeing our prince and princess finally come together was cuter than a basket of puppies.
Overall Rating 6.5/10. The Monarchy… When Living Is What You Do For A Living.