I should preface this review by saying I have never seen, nor do I intend to see, Hana Kimi. I don't know what it is about Jdramas, but they just fail to captivate me the way Kdramas do.
- Overall 9
- Story 9
- Acting/Cast 10
- Music 10
- Rewatch Value 9
That being said, I know a lot of people say this pales in comparison to its Japanese forefather. Maybe that's true, but for me that's pretty hard to believe. I had said that You're Beautiful is as close to perfect as Kdramas get, and I think this one falls right in that same category.
Tae Joon and Jae Hee were just adorable characters. I love how Tae Joon starts out as a bit hapless, always falling behind everyone else in doing sweet things for Jae Hee. In that
aspect, it was nice to see him grow and start to take control and realize how much Jae Hee meant to him. As for Jae Hee, her character was almost a little too good, always wanting to do what's right for other people to the extent that you just wanted to shake her sometimes!
But for me, the real star of the show was Eun Gyul! He was goofy, ridiculous, and handsome and his smile was addictive. His inner turmoil over liking what he thought was a man was very well done and extremely believable, moreso than I feel K-Pop TUA did with Woo Hyun. I think this show would have failed horribly if it weren't for Eun Gyul, and more specifically Lee Hyun Woo who played him. He is definitely someone I will keep a close eye on from now on :)
To The Beautiful You makes my drama list up to 24 dramas since November 2011 and I am fairly good now at picking out dramas that I personally will adore. That being said, I could not have anticipated how happy this drama would make me feel. Every single episode was just a smile-fest for me, and the characters seriously brightened up the room when they were on my TV. I found myself stopping mid-episode, trying to prolong my enjoyment of the show and I NEVER do that!
All of that being said, I will admit there were faults in the show. The situation with Tae Joon's dad seemed a little forced, and the ending really made me mad. Not because of how it ended, but because it was so rushed! I felt like they could have taken the last 10 minutes and made it in to two more episodes, or one more at the very least.
Long story short, if you are looking for something fun to watch, something that will make you laugh out loud and cringe in embarrassment for the characters at time, definitely watch this! Hilarious, touching, sad, amazing, maddening, romantic, cute. Pick an adjective and chances are it will fit this show :)
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