After getting diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a loan shark must hurry and make her three adult children grow up. As she teaches them how to run the family business, they also learn to take care of their mother.
Family dramas are a touchy subject especially the long ones such as “Wonderful Mama”.
I don’t watch family dramas because they’re not my cup of tea but this year I came to watch two family dramas at the same time; this one and ‘I Summon You Gold!’ because of a long story that I won’t trouble your ears (or more specifically your eyes) with.
So what is this about? It’s one of read morethose lengthy Kdramas produced in a non-stop way every year. It has all the elements that a family drama should have such as familial struggles, birth secrets and old respectable figures. There are also light romantic stories that owned about half the drama.
If I had to state the facts, I would say that this drama’s screenwriters weren’t good enough to make the drama interesting until the very last end. It’s a given that Korean family dramas drag and contain many filler episodes but despite that fact, the drama was deliciously entertaining until the 39 or the 40th episode when the writers tried to get smart by adding some twists to the storyline, but guess what? It was an epic failure because… hello!! Family dramas don’t need stupid twists to be good; it needs a complete control of the run time by using the family theme. Furthermore, the screenwriters conducted a mess by cutting off characters without a previous notice or a proper explanation. They also threw meaningless hints and rushed things out at the end; okay, I won’t make them bear all the blame for the last part since it’s not their fault that the drama was cut short to 48 episodes instead of 50 but still, they could’ve made a proper ending considering the fact that this is a long drama.
The cast was reasonably fitting and well chosen. There were some really good actors in here but I can’t say the same about characters since some of them felt all over the place at times. However, the characters’ development was remarkably magnificent.
Now, if I have to state my subject point of view, I would say that this drama was enjoyable overall even with its shortcomings. And that’s coming from a person who doesn’t (as never) watch long family dramas.
In conclusion, I won’t advice anyone to watch this or not because that’s up to you to decide. Just keep in mind that this is a long family drama with notable screenwriting issues that needs a strong commitment and a long breath to finish, but it also has a nice set of cast and it can be somewhat pleasant to watch.
You can guess what happens numerous times in this dramas, angry ahjummas fighting with angry ahjummas.
I thought it was a pretty decent drama (i have seen tons of family dramas, ones that are even longer than this so for me this wasn't new... if you don't believe me check my list ^^).
So as usual this drama has also hatred and revenge and focuses a lot on it, read moreso there are many times when the story is beating around the bush. *bingeul bingeul*
The love lines in the story were pretty cute so that gives some extra points to watch it.
The script writers could have easily given extra time towards the ending because the ending felt way too rushed. I would have preferred if there was more at the end rather than in the beginning.
Also if you watch this drama be prepared that everyone is connected one way or another, the amount of coincidences in this drama is quite fascinating as well!
Also there is many character developments so numerous characters will have different personalities by the end.
I really liked the cast, I definitely decided to watch it as Jung Yoo Mi and Ahn Nae Sang was in it. I didn't really like Jung Gyu Woon before watching this but my opinion completely changed of him.
I would like to award yoo in young's character with a honorable mention because her character really is the one that stands out at one point due to her realistic thoughts (of course at the beginning she isn't like that, she has quite a character development).
Overall i would say this drama is one of the bearable family dramas because it does have a good plot and the casts is also good, you don't really have that much annoying characters that other family dramas do and the end is cute. You have to bear with the first few episodes but then it gets better.
Wonderful Mama is the K-Drama form of A Moment to Remember. Although A Moment to Remember is a love story, there is no purer love than a mother's love for her children. A mother finds out that she has Alzheimer's and tries to prepare her privileged, spoiled children for life on their own (without her).
...The so called "TWIST".... yeah, since I've watched so many 'Family' dramas and 'Daily' dramas I can't say that I didn't suspect this - I had a gut feeling early on (but it also didn't bother me b/c Bok Hee's kids weren't her biological kids so I saw no problem even if Hoon Nam turned out to be her kid). But even if my gut was telling me he would end up being the son, I really wanted the son to be Dr. Hong ^^ So many clues were leading to that, but it's not like there weren't ANY clues leading to Hoon Nam. I just preferred it to be Dr. Hong b/c it would make the relationships so much easier and less complicated. If the writers actually changed this at some point in the drama then shame on them b/c Hoon Nam's acting kinda went down a little when this was revealed to him :/ I just feel like Dr. Hong would have been a more perfect choice. and I really wish they wouldn't have cut it to 48 episodes like the commenters said they did - b/c I really think this drama needed the extra 2 episodes to conclude everything better and smoother. The ending was a bit too quick and rough.
The reason I said the last few episodes weren't as good as the rest was b/c of Hoon Nam (the actors) acting kind of went flat when he was hit with the "revelation of who his parents were*... :/
1. Soo Jin disappears (leaves for San-Fransico) 10 episodes or so before the end and nothing is shown of her and what happens with her and Dr. Hong at all (except for one hint from Dr. Hong saying he was flying out to see her).
2. The loan shark grandma Hwang - she disappeared too without any explanation - the last time we see her is when Bok Hee visits her in the hospital and she's gorging out on Rice cakes. Like what happened with the contract and the assets and everything? :/
3. Dong Soo (Bok Hee's Chauffeur) also disappears shortly after Min Soo's dad arrives on the scene :/ I liked him - would have liked to have continued seeing him :/
4. Did the evil witch ever really stop hating Bok Hee? B/c I just can't believe she put a complete stop to her hatred and blaming everyone and everything for her own problems just b/c she found out Bok Hee had Dementia.... :/
and of course they left us hanging in the end with the so called possible cure for Dementia... I would have liked to have known what happened but it's not a horrible ending either as I've seen so much worse. At least all the relationships had some closure. ;)
I was skeptical of starting this drama b/c of all the negative things I've read about it - but I should just know that other peoples opinions of dramas rarely coincide with mine lol :P
I really enjoyed this drama - enough so that I stayed up late into the night just to continue watching several nights in a row lol I enjoyed every episode from start to finish.
- the end did feel a bit rushed and there were several plot holes/people and their stories missing :/ Which was kind of disappointing but as long as they covered the main cast surrounding the mother and her kids, I didn't mind if they left out the others (even if I did want to know what happened with them too). The last few episodes weren't quite as good as the rest *more in spoiler* but I still liked them.
The twist (will detail in spoiler) was one thing I suspected early on (as I have seen a LOT of family dramas) so it didn't shock me or disappoint me even if I was hoping for a different scenario.
Those going into this drama for Park Bo Gum (as I did and I'm glad I did b/c I loved the story) be forewarned, he is in the first 7 + episodes and disappears or has very little screen-time in the middle then he gets more screen-time again a little later till the end ;) (he's more of a supporting main than an actual main) The two older siblings are the Main children characters. I really liked watching him sing in this drama ;) So cute!
Anyone who likes family dramas or even daily dramas should like this one too.
My favorite characters were: Hoon Nam, Ki Nam, Young Chae, Young Soo ^_^ and then the Mom (Bok Hee) and others after. I didn't really care for the cousin 'Shasha' and his girl (found them annoying for the most part) but I didn't skip more than 2 scenes of theirs. I liked Ki Nam's wife even if she did disappoint me a couple times (she usually corrected herself shortly after so she was easily forgiven :P ). I loved their relationship as a couple ^^ #relationshipgoals #marriagegoals ;)
I also really liked the story's for Young Chae & Hoon Nam and Young Soo & Da Jung ^_^
I really liked the start (maybe first 7 episodes?) but then it got boring and boring. Currently, I am on episode 17, and it is sooooo boring!!! I watched it for Park bogum and now I hardly ever see the whole family together, because they are sooo busy with their own stuff. I hope it gets better, please. The start was awesome!
Is it me or is this hate to a different degree? I find in Asian dramas there is a lot of concentration on the hate revenge angle, it might be just my perception but when they hate in these dramas they hate, and revenge man the levels they go to I have never seen before. Can someone explain if this is normal or just exaggerated in the Asian dramas? And the two older leads in this drama can really act.
One of the better family dramas out there especially from this year's batch. The acting by the ensemble cast was stellar. You'll love characters and hate some. I was never bored due to the good pacing. I don't agree with the plot change towards the end cause it feels thrown in. That's my only problem with the writer and also the ending could've been a little more closed but it wasn't horrible. A lot of plot wholes with the story in general. Overall I gave it a 9 cause I did enjoy it and the characters and would watch it again when I want to see some family drama.
what the hell. was that really the end of the series? how can you have 48 episodes and end it on a freaking cliffhanger. did they not know that the series was getting cut 2 episodes or what. how can they never show us what happened to bok hee after she went to go get help in the states. seriously the last 15 mins when the series did a time jump and she was progressively worse was sooo freaking sad how can you end a series with that.
there were a few other problems also -
- what happened to bok hee's assistant/driver, he was always with her and did everything for her but disappeared in the middle of the series and nothing was ever mentioned about him again
- how is it that the kids didn't find out that hoon nam was really min soo (actually the fact that he was min soo at all was a little creepy I mean hello incest. he did make out with his biological sister at the start of the series and almost married her)
- speaking of soo jin, why did they have her leave the show with like 10 episodes left
- also the writers introduced a few plot points that never got used which I didn't really understand why. (like when bok hee signed over her money to that grandma they kept mentioning how the grandmas son would try to take the money and how bok hee had to remember to keep the papers with the info on it. why did they mention that on a bunch of different episodes if they were never going to use it as a plot point)
but ignoring all that I enjoyed most of this drama but for being such a long drama why did the ending feel so rushed
I agree with the points you make...I really liked the drama up to about ep 40 when the "twist" didn't make sense to me at all...the ending was rushed but thats probably because the series got cut by 2 eps probably due to the low ratings....overall I did enjoy it though :)
Just saw ep 42 & I have no clue about whats going on with this drama right now the writers are seriously messing this up. They are making the whole birth secret/identity of Min Soo/ possible incest into a totally ridiculous & convoluted mess.
I think the writers tried to add too many twists & messed this story up...Min Soo should have been Dr Hong it made sense that way.
I have seen to ep 46 and am still waiting for them to explain how on earth Hoon Nam can be Min Soo, Logically it doesnt make sense, throughout the drama all hints pointed at Dr Hong being Min Soo.....I hate it when writers screw up a drama at the end....oh well lets see what last 2 episodes shed any light.....they still arent subbed yet.
The explanation I came up with (and the only one that makes sense actually) is that Eun Ok gave Min Soo to president Hong (Dr. Hong's father) so that he will adopt him but instead of doing that he gave him Ki Nam's parents since they wanted another child so badly to accompany Ki Nam once they're gone. After that, president Hong adopted another child who is Hong Yoon Jae (or maybe he's his son) but Eun Ok kept thinking that Min Soo is adopted by president Hong and therefore, he's Dr. Hong that's why she kept an eye on him. I am sure that's what the writers meant because that's the only rational explanation.
I started this drama and steamed through all the aired episodes up to that point which was 30 ....I have waited until 10 more were subbed and I am thoroughly enjoying them ...this drama has so much going on that before you know it an episode is over, theres no feeling that the pace is dragging.
I cant wait for the evil incarnate that is Choi Eun Ok to get her comeuppance XD