Cheongdamdong Alice Kdrama Review
I was drawn to this drama because it showed up on Netflix, but then I stayed for the premise. The optimistic "Candy girl" (*see the explanation below) who cheerfully works hard under any circumstances is a kdrama staple, and Cheongdamdong Alice was a refreshing twist on the formula. It finally asked the very real question of "What happens to Candy girls when things don't get better?" What happens when cheerfulness and optimism only yield more trouble and pain? At what point does Candy stop being Candy?
Han Se Kyung (Moon Geun Young) isn't always the most likable female lead, but people aren't always likable when their lives have been trampled, and I appreciated that honesty of characterization. Even when I didn't agree with her choices, I could at least understand them. (Okay, except I think most of us would jump to goals like "I want to have enough money for rent and food" before heading straight to "I want to marry a rich guy so that I can own fancy purses.") Even the initially wicked rival became increasingly human as the series progressed.
|Note to self: If I ever need to hide a terrible secret from my past, I should probably not cry and start to tremble every time anything remotely related to it comes up in conversation.|
|He's definitely the Mad Hatter in this fairytale...|
So why did I quit? There wasn't anything specifically terrible about the series that made me stop. I just kind of lost the will to keep watching after a while. Once they got together, I had a sense where the series was headed, and it didn't seem worth it to spend another 6 hours getting to the end (I later read spoilers for the last episode, and it ended much like I suspected it would). I started fast forwarding things as early as episode 2, which should have tipped me off that I wasn't fully engaged from the outset.
*The term "Candy girl" in Korean dramas stems from a Japanese manga written in 1975, where the main character, Candy, is an orphan. She maintains a cheerful, hardworking, selfless attitude through all of her trials until she is finally adopted by an anonymous rich benefactor. When kdramas refer to someone as being a "Candy," they often mean a kind woman who works hard until a rich guy sweeps her off her feet.
I can see why people give this drama credit for its social commentary and its twist on the traditional kdrama formula, but every time I started a new episode, I kind of wished that I was watching something else. Once I gave up and actually started watching other shows, I was kind of relieved.
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I also stopped watching when Han Se Kyung asked her rich friend to help her be like her. It did not make sense for her character to change like that despite the situation. Only difference is I quickly browsed through it until the end, skipping part.ReplyDelete
hadn't heard the name earlier...ReplyDelete
One of the most thoughtful and least stereotypical of the Dramas I've watched, but I understand and empathise with everything you've said about it. Not a favourite, more like something I'm glad I watched for the exerciseReplyDelete
i stopped the watching the dramma in early 5 minutes :pReplyDelete
You captured my thoughts exactly. I too stopped watching this drama - however I lasted a little longer - dropping it after ep. 13 or 14 and then skipping to the last episode. I had the same issues you did. I couldn't agree with her choices, didn't love the heroine (she just wasn't convincing in her role), thought the male lead was miles better and found myself rooting for the second female lead. But in the end, my reaction to this drama was MEH. Didn't like it, didn't hate it. Will I watch it again? Most definitely NOT nor will I recommend it to anyone. I felt that whatever message they were trying to convey with the drama kind of got lost somewhere in the midst of it. My end reaction - what was the point of whole drama?ReplyDelete
try bel Ami..will wait for your thoughts on that :)ReplyDelete
i really liked this drama; i think it's worth watching till the end because it makes you think about class and love--who you love, how money and social position are in important in the choices that we make, in real life as much as in reel life. it also gives you a sense of how money matters--you can work very hard and have great grades but that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be successful. i liked the way in which is questioned certain stereotypical characters of bad girlfriend, evil scheming guy. at the end of the serial, we realize it's the hero who lives in a fantasy world--and he needs to change.ReplyDelete
I love this one & have watched it quite a few times. but i did almost "Give up on it" the first time i watched it, but i am glad i kept going :) one of my fave's :)ReplyDelete
Am i the only one over here , who liked this drama ? esp the acting of Park si ho ? lolReplyDelete