I was very, very excited for this drama ever since it was announced because it is Joo Won's first sageuk. And when I watched the first episode, I just knew that it would definitely not reach my personal expectations.
Overall this one is a lightweight sageuk residing in the comedy genre with a slice of sketchy corruption. That pretty much describes it all.
Tastes usually differ, especially with rom-coms and it always read moredepends on what the viewers expect of it. Since this one also belongs to that genre, the drama delivered that part well enough if you want to enjoy something lighthearted (even though I myself didn't feel that much emotion between the leads because it felt rushed to me).
My complains about the story are that the corruption plot staggered alot in the middle and the story didn't seem to move forward at all - while the finale seemed very rushed again. The villains were shallow and only loosely defined. And I really wish that they had given the (current) queen more depth - I don't mean some excursion into the past that justifies her actions but more sides to her character in the present. She was so lopsided. I would have liked to see if she indeed genuinely cared for the prince, for example.
Other than that I enjoyed the side characters quite alot. They were essential for the comedy part and did a really good job. I also loved the costumes, the colors and the music in this. And they even had some really pretty and artistic scenes, especially in the beginning.
Despite my own divided impression on this, I would still recommend it to people who look for a lighthearted romance with a side plot that doesn't put them into much agony. If you still can't decide whether to watch it or not then try to imagine putting historical costumes on modern day people and throw them onto a sageuk stage. You have fancy cafés, a manicure salon and all the values people nowadays cherish.
(btw, I can't compare this to its original since I haven't seen that one)
I honestly still can't decide my feelings for this. Like the 2 leads were quite really good and they had their cute moments yet something was still off. The plot itself wasn't that captivating nothing was that new or felt like "wow that was something". But I still didn't hate it so I'm just gonna neutral and say it won't work for everyone. The OST was quite good though, I gotta give them that.
Happy ending yeahhhh. This is one of the very few Historical dramas with happy endings, pisses me off, they need to make more historical dramas with happy endings. I finished Shine or Go Crazy and Scarlet Heart Ryeo recently. Pissed me off. Anyways, nice happy ending here, Love it.
The first half of this drama was really fun to watch but it did get really draggy in the second half. I think I basically skipped most of the last 3 episodes because it was so slow and just full of fillers. I did love the last 10 minutes of the drama though and loved the princess' decision. Overall it felt like the writing fell short for what could have been a potentially good drama. One of my biggest gripes will be the mother and sister in the drama, they were so infuriatingly annoying. I can't even understand how the writer expected us to relate to their characters.
Most of the actors did really well esp. Oh Yeon Soo. I thought the "sassy" side of her character was really portrayed really well since the role could have easily pushed her into annoying territory. Joo Won's character seemed a little too one dimensional to me and I don't know if it was him not feeling it or the writing. I was glad Lee Jung Shin didn't have too much of a role because it would have been so easy to get SLS with him but thankfully they avoided that trope.
There was nothing too bad about it but it just didn't hold my interest towards the second half. As other's have commented, watch this as your filler drama, it won't end up being something you will remember or feel deeply about but it's a fun watch for the first half.
Hmm.. If you had nothing to watch then you may watch this, I have no expectation for this drama & enjoy watching it but tbh there's nothing special about it, you may skip watching this & you won't lose any. They only throw a bunch of cliche things & I feel like they wasted Joo Won's & OYS talent in this. It isn't a bad drama though, you may watch & end up liking it, only the plot is nothing special, imo.
WOW this is way better than a 7.5 rating! I loved this drama. It was light, funny, colorful.ven the serious parts didn't weigh to heavy...It's a historical parody rom-com... The first few episodes the lead female is annoyingly rude but that is her characters personality, however she mellows out into her true self as she grows to trust the lead male and we discover why she's been acting all crazy . Seriously get some popcorn and give this one a chance.
Excellent light-hearted little sageuk despite the inevitable intrusion of palace politics. I adored this. It never took itself seriously and gave us a lovely last look at Joo Won & his dimples before he went to MS. Don't watch if you insist that plots must be logical and if you hate anachronisms LOL Just let your mind loose & go with the flow - it's so refreshing :d