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SoultoSeoul

Chicago
My Secret Romance
62 people found this review helpful
May 30, 2017
13 of 13 episodes seen
Overall 4.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 4.5
Music 3.0
Rewatch Value 1.5
This started out cute and fluffy, but the last few episodes were miserably drawn out.
EP 10-12 were painfully slow, they could have been cut and pasted into 1.5 episodes.
13 was ehhhh.... This isn't a masterpiece, the writing is loosely constructed and poorly executed. The story has little depth or substance to hold it together for 13 hours. I can't connect with the female lead's choices (especially in the later half) or her pitiful deer lost in headlights expression...I was hoping it would be a drama somewhat like 1% of Something since the director is the same, but it doesn't even come close in comparison. I Liked Ep. 1-9 but Ep. 10-13.5 are a hard sell.

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Radio Romance
4 people found this review helpful
Mar 21, 2018
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

I feeling I would have enjoyed this a bit more as a marathon.


What I loved....To see a couple not cave into the pressure to separate. They both trusted their own heart and the person they loved.
I loved seeing a female lead stay strong and still loving, even when there were those who betrayed her. She couldn't be bought, controlled or manipulated. I loved that she didn't get all sappy and forget her work ethic or passion for the radio.
I loved seeing a male lead come to life protecting the girl he loves passion, even if it was at the expense of his own reputation...What she offered him was greater...A place where he was seen for himself, a space his heart could truly find safety and rest...He felt loved and peace...to just be.
I loved that he wanted to take care of her and never make her suffer. I loved that he observed her, his actions were always thoughtful toward when he made decisions or bought her gifts.

I could have lived without some of the external characters, the script could have been better organized (this is the authors first work), but as a whole, the drama was a simple sweet healing rom-com, one I'm glad I watched from start to finish. Add it to your watchlist... for one of those long rainy weekends.

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My Only Love Song
4 people found this review helpful
Jun 25, 2017
20 of 20 episodes seen
Overall 5.0
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 2.5
First let me say, I love Rom-Com and historical parodies... For example: I absolutely adore My Sassy Girl (2017), as the story unfolds you can see the reasoning behind the leads crazy behavior, you also see her grow and mature as she develops a relationship with the lead male... The chemistry they have continues to build as each challenge causes to grow closer. I wish I could say I feel the same about My Only Love Song......I was hopeful with Netflix backing this drama but it lacks true substance, poorly constructed and terribly executed ...I couldn't connect with the lead actress Seung Yeon, no matter how much I wanted to feel for her. I love her in The Circle ..but not here. I don't think it is her fault as much as it could be the script writers or the directors, the chemistry of the actors.... When a drama is well done you can have compassion for the leads even when it's a ROM-COM-Historical parody, you find yourself wanting to see yourself along side them, fighting for them to finish well.
Unfortunately, after watching My Only Love Song I can only give it a 5 out 10 rating... There are so many better dramas to invest time in... this is not one I will be watching again.

Since I have not seen this mentioned....Side note for parents: This drama is rated for a Mature-14 audience , which is not surprising since most Kdramas are rated for ages 15 and up in Korea. Unlike most k-dramas I have watched in the past.... [email protected]^k and other colorful words are a repeatedly part of the dialog... If you are watching this when younger children who can "read" and they are in the room with you just be aware.

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Sweet 18
2 people found this review helpful
Oct 31, 2017
16 of 16 episodes seen
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.5
I am not sure how I stumbled upon this classic drama but I'm really happy I did. I generally avoid older dramas after dealing with way to many over the top emotional crazed ex-girlfriends and future MIL's always torturing the poor female leads 90% of the story. Not to say  this one doesn't have it's crazy antagonists but no as much as many others of this era.
I loved the grandfather's relationship with the lead actress, It's so cute how he has her back. The romance is filled with mixture of silly, tender, frustrating, and sweet moments...I found myself laughing on more than one occasion in several episodes.  Overall it has some magic in it still worthy of a marathon weekend. It may not be as polished as Kdramas of today but sometimes stepping back in time has value....Go ahead...Add it to your rainy weekend watch list.

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Feb 10, 2017
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
Absolutely adorable from start to finish. Well constructed story, perfectly casted. I didn't feel the desire to skip over a moment of it. I could easily watch it again in the future.
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Oh My Grace
1 people found this review helpful
Dec 10, 2017
7 of 7 episodes seen
Overall 3.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
I didn't expect much to start with but though the concept could have had potential. Essentially it's a poorly executed web-drama (7 parts all 7-8 min long) making fun of all of the typical troupes a western viewer will notice after watching a few kdramas....cliches like... hand pulling, love triangle, stress drinking, drunken piggyback rides, generational heir who wants to make his own way, time/locations travel,  sequences of being in the Joseon period, phone calls interrupting kissing, K-pop hopeful...
Overall acting in English felt as natural as plastic compared to the scenes done in Korean. The editing was choppy but I suspect that is because of the time frame allotted for the drama.  I could have been "better" if they added extra time to the story development and made it a mini-movie.

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