- Overall 8.0
- Story 7.0
- Acting/Cast 9.0
- Music 9.0
- Rewatch Value 4.0
Touching and down-to-earth story just like its countryside settings.
Paparotti's story is pretty typical in every way – teacher-student relationship, birth of a great musician, gang member turn something great, and a few more. But, the movie is still so alive and sweet thanks to our two leads.
I love Lee Jehoon's character and his acting the most. His gestures, his dialect and the countless emotions he portrays are so real and read more most of the time so heart-wrenching even when he smiles. Casting him in here was the best decision of this entire production so far.
On the other hand, his character's backstory as a gang member doesn't speak to me much even though I love his bond with his boss Jo Jinwoong's character. This gang story felt repetitive and not a single twist was added for flavor, and it was a bit far-fetched for a countryside high school setting. I know it's based on a true story, but in real life, he wasn't a gang member but merely a school delinquent who beat up his friends. The movie could've been fine that way too.
I also wish it explores more into Han Seokkyu's background as a vocalist. So basically, the story focuses a lot on the bond between teacher and student without touching deep into any specific topic. In that light, it's a good story to watch on a lazy afternoon (with a box of tissue). Their teacher-student relationship was really sweet and gave me a lot of Gokusen vibe, and I always fall for stories of this kind.
The music lived up to its name for being a music movie. The comedy was okay. Overall it was a down-to-earth story that grew on me over 2 hours of its runtime instead of being so fancy and in-your-face from the start. I cried shit loads of tears and I'm still listening to "You're the Person Who Gave Me Happiness".