My Heart Twinkle Twinkle ~ Review
“Either good or bad, rich or poor,
If humans possess at least one more thing than others,
They wield that power mercilessly.
Even poor people are like that,
They’re cruel and severe to those poorer than them.
That’s how people are.”
My Heart Twinkle Twinkle was one of dramaland’s unluckiest children during 2015 even though it had shown its great potential from the very first episodes. Everything went so wrong since the very beginning and it’s barely the drama’s fault. Channels do care about their weekend dramas, but in My Heart Twinkle Twinkle’s occasion SBS gave me the impression as it if was abandoning its own child right after birth. The drama wasn’t properly advertised and it never managed to achieve proper ratings, in fact, the ratings were quite embarrassing for a weekend drama and soon enough the drama’s airing plan got shortened.
Instead of drama promotion we were receiving ongoing announcements informing us that the number of the episodes was being cut down until the drama was chopped in half. Instead of 50 episodes which was the arch plan, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle reached the end with 26 episodes and a rushed scenario approach in order to pace with the flow. If this wasn’t enough, Lee Tae Im’s departure made a part of the cast leave the drama behind as well as their characters where related to her part of the story.
My Heart Twinkle Twinkle was a weird occasion of a ghost ship roaming across the waves of dramaland without a captain, but with the rest of its crew and passengers on board. The crew has to be the cast, the screenwriter and the director and the passengers are the part of the audience which decided to honor the drama itself despite the forthcoming obstacles. I don’t regret starting this journey in the first place as i expected nothing right before starting it. The drama itself made me crave for more as episodes were passing by. Under the ever-changing circumstances the journey was becoming less and less enjoyable, but still, the drama itself was kind of addicting and i couldn’t condemn it to a lake of obscurity.
The scenario was both intriguing and competitive and everything was progressing in slow pace so that we will get to witness everyone’s background story. Every single figure had his/her own past which was longing to come to the surface when the timing would feel right. There were many interactions that were moving on step by step. You could easily witness the progress, but also the changes, of our characters through the multifaceted crossroads of My Heart Twinkle Twinkle, characters that were supposed to be the opposite of one another, but deep within they were so different yet the same.
There were many things to be told but were left unspoken simply because there were many things that had to be done in the first place and their absence was the drama’s actual condemnation. Even if the storyline was rushed from a moment and on, the writer tried to keep the drama’s basic characteristics in a representative way. Most of the suspense and mystery factors had been set aside as the fast forward pace was making My Heart Twinkle Twinkle devoid of natural continuity. You could predict almost everything from a point and on and surprises lessened. However, the writer managed to preserve the drama’s consistency up to a welcome extent. Τhanks to her attempt we got to witness the contours of everyone’s background story, not in depth but through peripheral information and assumptions eventually.
The drama had its humorous moments which were more than welcome. During these moments our heart could actually twinkle, but after the number of the episodes got shortened the already overburdened ambiance of the drama overshadowed even more the quirky and hilarious scenes. Secrets, pain, lies, hate, discrimination and devastation through a darkening sense of longing were just a few pieces of negativity’s puzzle. The world of chickens never felt so frightening before. Had a fairytale been shot, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle’s revised scenario would had been written with the blood from the wound. It was too painful and burdened to be called a makjang, but it definitely possessed its own makjang explosions, they were inevitable!
The cinematography was spot on. It was warm and surrounding when tranquility was reigning supreme, it was also natural during some of our figures’ daily routine, but it was getting gloomier every time darkness was pulling its dreadful curtains. The highly representative closeups were an inseparable aspect of the drama as they were vividly portraying the characters’ internal world which was being carved upon their faces. One thing i loved was the distinctive presentations of a rich household and a poorer or more humble one. The differences aren’t always distinctive in South Korean dramas due to the sense of maximalism which is almost always being infused even in the lower parts of the social pyramid. My Heart Twinkle Twinkle managed to visually differentiate each and every figure’s background. We knew where they were coming from and we could witness their progress based on their decisions.
At the end of the day, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle’s strongest and most poised card had to be the acting factor. Bae Soo Bin was stellar and he was breathing life in Woon Tak’s peculiar personality in an exemplary way. Bae Soo Bin delivers his own meaning when it comes to depicting a menacing and eventually explosive side. The sense of devastation he was bringing to life when his character was shattering to pieces was as fragile as a glass and as sharp as the remains after the impact. Woon Tak had his own sickening side, but whenever he would let love’s vibes overrun him Bae Soo Bin’s acting would make him feel like a completely different person, the one after darkness had subsided during the calm between two storms. Woon Tak was yet another medal on Bae Soo Bin’s acting jacket. Jang Shin Young as Soon Jin, the oldest of three sisters, was always connected to her character through a variety of circumstantial events which eventually led to her transformation and further maturity after all these struggles she had to go through.
Lee Tae Im was someone i missed from the drama, she was pacing perfectly well with Soon Soo’s temperament, finesse and escapism when it comes to a character who was actually trying hard to move on and leave the past behind. Nam Bo Ra was a raw diamond through Soon Jung’s presentation. Lively and natural, humorous but also emotionally overburdened and on the run, she followed her own course in the violent crossroads of life and Nam Bo Ra was there to breathe through her. One of the most exceptional performances belongs to Lee Pil Mo, he was always hilarious as Soon Chul, especially when he was around Soon Jung, but without neglecting his ongoing emotional weight which eventually came to the surface. Oh Chang Suk was pretty strong in depicting Do Hoon’s down to earth personality and every time he was finding himself alongside Soon Jung and Soon Chul all hell was breaking loose! Jung Eun Woo as Kwan Mo was minimal on his approach just like the character was asking for, but you could sense the volcanic eruptions through sheer patience on the inside. Cha Soo Yeon‘s austere on the surface yet fragile on the inside approach on Ye Rin was intriguing as well, she was a bright example of a devoted yet desolate careerist.
Nevertheless, there were many irritating figures, but the most representative of all have to be the three sisters’ aunt, Mal Sook, and Woon Tak’s mother, Mi Ja, accompanied by her two daughters, Geum Bi and Eun Bi. All four actresses did a superb work and maintained the nerve-shaking status of such characters. Every time Mal Sook and Mi Ja were opening their mouths you knew it was going to get troublesome with almost irreparable consequences! The same applies to Geum Bi, especially when you take into consideration the like mother like daughter factor, but Eun Bi had her own moments of atonement and she was actually quite an interesting character!
I loved My Heart Twinkle Twinkle for everything it could had been, not for its transformation. You could say i enjoyed an imaginary drama, the one i was looking forward to, the one that never happened before my very eyes. In the end, My Heart Twinkle Twinkle was an interesting drama setting feels alight, but it was buried effortlessly. The cast’s unyielding, sincere and heartfelt attempts were the life jacket which kept My Heart Twinkle Twinkle above the surface; wounded, but breathing.
“Have you ever seen rich people eat chicken? Rich people don’t eat chicken, they eat steak. Chicken is for the common folks, all these people on their kids’ birthdays, athletic events and picnics; that’s when they wait to eat chicken. But if I charge a lot what will become of them? Those kids will be so disappointed. I have to sell cheaply so those people can buy at least once more. And I’ll tell you honestly, even if I sell cheaply, I make a small profit.”