Review – Tomorrow’s Cantabile / Naeil’s Cantabile
Surprisingly odd, funny and enduring drama about a bunch of talented young musicians. It’s a drama filled with a big cast of memorable characters – each with their own instruments and problems – but each with a common goal: To Get Better, To Succeed. The friendships and struggles make this show shine. I thought this might be a mindless throw-away show, which is why I popped it in this week… as I’ve been extremely tired after work and wasn’t in the mood to think much. I was just looking for a feather light diversion, but instead got a quality gem of entertainment. I laughed, I worried, I got emotionally involved, and I wondered what would happen to ALL OF THE CHARACTERS as the show moved from episode to episode. It starts off quite silly but quickly settles into more structure and higher stakes as the plotlines establish themselves.
Overall Rating – 8.5/10. Brainwashed Into Loving Classical Music Through Adorable Characters.
Much More About Everything and Everyone – Spoilers too….
Review – I Remember You / Hello Monster
I will remember this show… until I’m dead. I am a sucker for sympathetic villains and this drama featured not one but TWO.
Plot: Basically, two young brothers are separated in childhood after one is kidnapped by a teenage serial killer. The story is what happens when they are reunited in adulthood… including the reunion with the serial killer.
To say that I loved this show is an understatement. I love a lot of dramas. If I didn’t love K-dramas, I wouldn’t bother with this blog. There are tons of great K-dramas. And for every K-drama, there is one that seems made… if you can find it… just for you. As if K-World read your diary, said, “Oh, you like this, eh?” and created a drama and wrapped it up like a present, tied it with a bow, and put your name on it. This drama HAUNTED ME. The romance and the cop shenanigans and the mystery plot lines were all awesome, but the center of this story is about nature vs nurture. Do we create monsters or are they born? Can they change? Can they learn? Can a monster evolve into a human being?
I’m not even using poetic license when I say I had dreams about this show. I literally had dreams about this show.
Overall Rating – 12/10. Monsters Make Their Own Families.
Much Much Much Rambling, Character Explorations, Themes, And Massive SPOILERS follow… so, you know, you have been warned.
Review – Love in the Moonlight
So, I finished Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, or Love in the Moonlight, not too long ago and have been wondering what, exactly, I had to say about it. It was nothing special, to be perfectly honest. This drama offered no new ground to the pantheon of K-Dramas, yet it still managed to be enjoyable, settling into well worn territory… like coming home and putting on your favorite t-shirt even though it’s faded and has holes in it and probably smells a little suspicious if you get too close. Love in the Moonlight is your usual tropes thrown together in a historical romance with a light melodrama. It’s the safe bet. The meal you’ve ordered before and know you like.
I liked the first half best, that was more focused on the romance, than the second half, that was more focused on the politics. The young actors were beautiful and charming, the seasoned actors were outstanding as always. Costumes, sets, writing, all well done. They added a lot of modern humor in, which made it fun and playful. The lead female looked like an alien, albeit a pretty alien. I’m not kidding. She was straight from a Steven Spielberg movie – and yet it was cool, like her Western alien friend Amanda Seyfried. The black-clad guard was clearly the poster child for perfected jaw sculpting… just startlingly handsome. That wig was working for him, too. Usually the wig doesn’t help improve the looks of our male historical characters, but Kwak Dong-Yeon lucked out. He has NEVER looked better, and probably never will. The rival to the Crown Prince was also handsome and generic and overall the entire production was very easy on the eyes.
But it was the Crown Prince that owned the show. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have stuck around for the entire drama if it weren’t for Park Bo-Gum. Is it the capped teeth that make his smirk so cute or what? Park Bo-Gum took a rather tired plotline of a clueless dude falling in love with a girl in drag and made it adorable all over again – by being impossibly adorable. Geesh, he was a cutie.
Overall Rating – 8/10 – Like A Fluffy Bunny, Pretty Worthless But Oh So Cute!