Okay – So I finally started on The Liar and His Lover! (and I’ve already finished the 6 episodes…)
I took some time to start this for various reason – one of it was because I wasn’t keen on the casts and secondly was I had no time!
Anyway, firstly, I had been unhappy over the casting but despite it, I would say the drama didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it would. In fact, I actually kind of like it. I guess that’s the power of a good story.
Well – I never doubted the story in the first place since it is after all an adaptation of a manga.
THOUGHTS & DISCUSSION
Okay – I’ve got to admit this but tvN did a good job with this adaptation. The story flow is good and it’s strangely addictive.
I’ve watched the Japanese movie but I have yet to read the manga – so story wise, I don’t really have much idea what will happen. But I guess it’s a good thing as I can keep on being curious on what’s to come.
I don’t have much complains about the story because it is from a manga and obviously there would be some exaggerated emotions, expressions, scenes but I’m totally fine with it. It’s refreshing for a change. And there’s no need to worry on how the drama plot will suddenly turn bad…
If I had to complain about something… it still lies with the cast. I still can’t picture Kang Han Gyeol as someone with a “huge” age gap with Yoon So Rim. I know it’s not Lee Hyun Woo‘s fault he looks young.
Well, he is young but he still looks young for his age xD. It feels strange at times. And the fact that Takeru Satoh played the role in the J-movie, it’s really hard to actually picture Lee Hyun Woo playing that same role.
But then again, I’m not sure which k-actor can actually deliver like Takeru Satoh. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not about acting skills. It’s something like a certain aura an actor has and brings to the screen.
I know, I know I shouldn’t compare them but I can’t help it! But, I’m not saying Lee Hyun Woo is bad. In fact, I think he’s actually portraying the role quite decently. I’ve always thought that he should pick better projects and I think this was a good decision.
It’s still difficult for me to view him as an adult – even though he is one. Maybe I’m just old… However, I think he does own this role in the drama version and his character is charming.
As for Joy…..we know it’s her first time acting. Well, I’m sorry but I’m one of those who gets pissed off when an idol lands a lead role without any previous acting stint or if they can’t prove they deserve the role.
But glad to say, she’s passable. She’s doing pretty alright for most scenes – her acting somehow does reflects her character’s straight-forward and honest personality. Very green but refreshing in a good way.
However, she’s still a little bit off on delivering more complex emotions but that much I can live with.
The drama’s tone feels very light and refreshing. Acting skills which makes a huge difference in dramas don’t really bother me that much for this drama. I guess it’s partly due to the endearing story and the cute character interactions.
Of course, the most important pull factor of the drama is in fact, Joy’s vocals. She sounds amazing and that alone is worth watching the drama for. I do listen to Red Velvet songs, but I’ve never heard her sing alone so I didn’t really know what her voice sounds like.
After hearing her sing in the drama, I think I know why she was chosen for the role. She actually matches the character and her voice is indeed amazing.
But all that being said, I guess not everyone would enjoy the drama. It’s worth a try though. Yes, the love story is cliche but all manga has a cliche love story – it’s not always a bad thing.
I like the story content too and I’m curious about all the characters. I want a happy ending for everyone and I don’t think that is impossible 🙂
With the recent slump in kdrama lately and all the serious drama themes, this actually makes a good, nice, change in vibe.
This is on my watch list now 🙂