This is just a random post out of random thought. Just had to blog about something. 😀
Who’s watching Baby-Faced Beauty by Jang Nara and Daniel Choi right now? No? Nobody? Everyone focusing on Best Love (which is all sorts of wonderful I concur) and Lie To Me (which is a total MEH for me)? Ahh, too bad, cos I think it’s a pretty enjoyable and cute drama albeit not the most original. Everything about the drama is pretty much a regurgitation of K-drama stereotypes. It has exactly the right buttons to turn me off right of the bat and have me trash it into the bin immediately. But surprisingly, I really enjoyed what I saw and I want more.
4 episodes in, I’m already rooting for Jang Nara‘s character Lee So Young like mad. She has a somewhat similar character to YEH’s character Goo Ae Jung in Lie To Me, in that they’re both feisty tough cookies (and they lie to get around things too!). So Young is a lil bit more mild and timid. She bends down and give in, she holds her feelings in, but when she feels she’s been deprived or wronged, she will work her ass up to prove her worth. Sure she does back down (because of her own insecurities), but I IMO that makes her a more relatable character than any other because in RL we all have insecurities and I’m sure we all have times when we just have to submit and give in.
As OTT or ridiculous some of the scenes may have been or be (it’s K-drama romcom after all), as much as I want to knock some sense into Daniel Choi’s character Jin Wook, and as much as I resent the annoying-ness of some of the supporting characters in the drama, I like that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It mixes all the zany and impossible together, but at the same time it addresses the issue of ageism with light banter and fun. This drama is nowhere near MNIKSS or the Hong Sis dramas, but then, it has this strange ability to pull you in at moments you’d never expect, especially when you’re already drifting away. Pay closer attention to So Young’s lines or interactions with the other characters, you’ll see it and you’ll want more of it.
Daniel Choi’s character Jin Wook is annoying, irritating and stupid. But he matches So Young’s quirks to a tee. He teases So Young with unending zeal, and she teaches him a lesson or 2 without hesitation. Their rapport and interactions make me giggle, their bickering gives me fits. It’s all the same in K-dramas you know it. Bickering turns to love later on? How original huh? I guess I like the fact that both have something to hide about themselves (So Young’s real age and Jin Wook’s real chaebol background)? That something which may strain their friendship or relationship further when everything’s out of the bin later on. Cannot wait for that to happen! 😀
Ryu Jin is again in his stride to become the funniest cool-looking man ever! This man may never become leading man material (pretty sad case cos he def has some good acting chops tho not stellar), but he may end up becoming one of my fav secondary lead actors. In here he plays serious and grounded in such a way that you’d root for him in whatever he does. He rarely smiles, and when he does you feel warm. When he does something out of character in a serious way, or even with a solemn expression, you break into laughter or fits. There’s just something about the way he plays serious.
Other characters are forgettable, and not likeable in any other way. I’m watching solely for So Young and her 2 men.
Last but not least, what’s a Jang Nara drama without a Jang Nara-sung OST? 😛
credits: Shoko/ narashonara