She was pretty episodes 1 – 4 ~ review ~ first impression
How many of you have watched the powerpuff girls? Do you remember in the opening, the story of how professor x created them? Like powepuff girls, some writers use the following ingredients to create a romantic kdrama. A rude chaebol , a poor heroine, a secret chaebol, the heroine’s hidden identity, a rich family, a bad stepmother, a pretty second female lead but the extra ingredient, the writer decides to use, the chemical X is, what set these type of dramas apart. I don’t care if some themes keep repeating, as long as the writer tells the story well. Like “Fated to love you”, when I read the story, I though is it about a soap opera? But everything was delivered beautifully and the amazing actors. made it one of my favourite dramas.
The chemical X, in these case is that the main leads have a past. They used to be friends, the pretty girl Kim Hye Jin and the fat boy Ji Sung Joon. A heroine with a pure heart, that loved the outcast because of his inside world and the boy, who lost his mother and could only find comfort with her. They had to part, because had Sung Joon had to move overseas. After that Hye Jin’s life went downhill, her family bankrupted and the genes of her father’s dna started to show in puberty, turning her from a swan to an ugly duckling. A not attractive woman in her thirties with no job, how could she appear like this in front of her first love, that came back from New York succesful and looking like a model.
She does turn up though, but he doesn’t recognise her, he doesn’t even see her. That’s why wanting to leave him with a beautiful memory, she goes with a plan, where her friend Min Ha Ri introduces herself as Kim Hye Jin for a last date. That’s how Kim Hye Jin becomes the peeping girl from the painting, her and Ji Sung Joon used to talk in the past.
The first episode was very nice, I loved how Kim Hye Jin’s story was told, without too much drama but getting the feelings through. Kim Hye Jin appearance symbolizes, the transition between the beauty of the young life to the hardships of the adulthood. The director also does a trick putting Kim Hye Jin in the episodes next to the beautiful cover of “The Most” magazine in the bus stop. Kym Hye Jin could totally be that model, she has already all this beauty inside her, it’s just she can’t show it because life has been tough with her. I wouldn’t mind if she stays like this , or the whole drama, but maybe I’m guessing a transformation in the next episodes, its one of the ingredients I forgot to mention. Kim Hye Jin gets to work and they suit her position to “The Most” magazine, the work resembles a bit of “The devil wears prada”.
Ji Sung Joon has becomes the rude chaebol, bu he has kept some good points of his olde self, like the incident with the elevator. As the chief editor he gets unfair to Hye Jin, that’s a result of becoming a strict career man. What would have happened if the real Kin Hye Jin have showed up that day, I really wonder. He sees only what he wants to see.
I can’t hate Min Ha Ri for lying to Kim Hye Jin, but I don’t like it either. The writers have made the story well, how she has her sadness for her lost mother and communicating with Sung Joon helps. She always delaying telling him she has to stop seeing him and she is going behind her best friend’s back, fooling herself that she is doing it to help her. Ha Ri has started falling for Sung Joon and that makes sense, he treats her perfectly and protects her, (I loved the cameo of Kim Sung Oh as the pervert in the bar). Plus she has the excuse that Kim Hye Jin told her, she doesn’t want to do anything or talk about Ji Sung Joon anymore.
I see Ha Ri starting something with Kim Shin Hyuk? For now he is building his future, as the usual third wheel, who is there to protect the main lead when she is drunk and ready to reveal her secrets to the rude chaebol. The homeless looking chaebol Kim Shin Hyuk. His character sometimes, is too much for my taste, he is fun, but there is something about him that doesn’t do it for me.
Is it Siwon’s acting, I don’t think so, because he is doing a decent job. I came across some comments about Hwang Jung Eum being too loud, but for me she does a great job showing Kim Hye Jin’s determination and at the same time expressing that no matter how strong a person shows, he can be very fragile. Park Seo Joon and Koh Joon Hee fit their characters perfectly.
I love the Italian lady played by Hwang Seok Jeong, it’s so much fan hearing all those different languages from her.
The 4th episode ends where Kim Hye Jin goes back to Ji Sung Joon’s apartment, where she and Shin Hyuk left him while he was drunk. She goes back to find her phone and she gets distracted by the puzzle they made as kids, that is in glass. Ji Sung Joon wakes up and scares her, leading to breaking the puzzle. She moves away from her and before she steps on the broken glass, Sung Joon crabs her.
OH MY GOD, I’m doing like a 16 year old girl craving for cheesy moments, but I really can’t wait for the next episode. I love this couple and I want more scenes between them. Please more scenes.
I have to get back to my senses, before Kwon deletes this post, just kidding.
What do you guys think of “She was pretty”?