"Monstar" depicts the lives of ordinary teens who are injured psychologically and heal themselves through the power of music.
Yoon Sul-Chan is the vocalist for the group "Man in Black". He carries deep wounds within his mind, but doesn't express his feelings. Because of his hot temper, he causes trouble. His management company then orders him to carry himself as an ideal student. He joins a music band at school, while facing unexpected events.
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What a disappointment. The drama had great potential in its beginning but sadly lost itself and its direction.
- Overall 4
- Story 5
- Acting/Cast 6
- Music 5
- Rewatch Value 1
The story isn't that special, and even though they could have turn it into something really great, they chose to slow things down, added useless subplots and instead of being a refreshing teen drama, it just became plain boring.
The drama's 12 episodes format was such a great occasion to focus on just one story and make it excellent (the group's bond, the music they would have made together etc...) but they managed to turn this advantage into a burden. It's like the writers wanted not to leave anyone behind and decided "heck let's have a storyline for every character yayyy". Sadly, as a 12-episode drama, yes you
can tell many stories but what's the point if you can't even finish them? The ending felt rushed, and to be honest, it didn't even feel like an ending because of the many questions left unanswered.
The characters weren't likeable, (it's not like we had the time to actually like them) and most of them even became annoying towards the end. If they chose the path of strictly focusing on the group bonding, it would have been way easier and just way better period.
The acting was somewhat believable but failed at being convincing. I won't be harsh on this since they're young and have no experience.
The music, the supposed saving grace of the drama had a point of being there in the beginning but as the drama changed its direction, it felt out of place and I even skipped through some performances. Only a few of them had me hooked with, such as the Trouble Maker one, and the one Seol Chan performed on the piano during the evaluations.
Monstar started off as a drama with great potential but somehow lost its way even with a 12 episodes format. The many substories, even though well-told for some, were quite rightly way too many and just pointless. A disappointment. I wouldn't recommend it.
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The basic plot of this show isn't very new or special - the high school setting has been used so much and having an idol star as a character isn't new either.
- Overall 8
- Story 7
- Acting/Cast 9
- Music 10
- Rewatch Value 7
The show started off really well, and I really loved some of the endings of the episodes. Each character has his/her chance in the spotlight, where we get to find out more about their mysterious backstories. Unfortunately, there are also some plot holes and befuddling character behaviour that don't get explained or resolved by the end of the show. Actually, because each show ranged from 80-90 minutes, the 12-episode length (shorter than normal) does not explain why these holes could not be resolved properly. Some parts of the story towards the end moved so
slowly that I got a bit bored.
Junhyung (of B2ST fame) did a surprisingly good job portraying his idol star character. Ha Yeon Soo is now the Next Big Thing, and Kang Haneul, you are such a HOTTIE. The ensemble cast as a whole makes for a cute watch, but it's the characters' stories that are compelling.
Any rewatch value would probably come from the funny and "d'awww" moments of reconciliation and bromance.
I love the music in this show - to date I didn't know Korean music had such a rich history of meaningful songs and diverse artists and bands. And there were some very sweet songs written for this show. For a show centred on music, it sure delivered on its soundtrack!
Overall a cute watch but not groundbreaking.
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Monstar reminds me so much of love in disguise... The plot is very similar in the way that a star goes to school and falls for a girl who in the beginning dislikes him and likes another guy.
Both involve a group of high school students with very different personalities who come together through unknown circumstances. They all have a passion for music and use that as a means to bond together.