A scandal threatens to engulf Woong and NJ, as photos of the two of them hanging out at a coffee shop together circulate. Almost nothing really gets out of this plot hook. From Woong’s perspective, absolutely nothing happened. NJ gets pissed off at the manager because he’s acting like a big deal, when in fact he isn’t. That’s pretty much it. Another barely-developed conflict is defused almost immediately, all so that we can return to the threads that are passive-aggressive.
I don’t think all dramas necessarily have to be high intensity all the time. so be it, “Our beloved summer” It’s intentionally meaningless in its layout, and almost all of it is incredibly sloppy when it comes to any of the main characters interacting with each other. Ji-woong is taken to a birthday dinner with his staff, and completely separated from these two leads, I’m once again left wondering why he’s in the story at all.
It doesn’t help us being constantly told that Ji-woong has been in love with Yeon-soo this whole time, without being given a clear explanation of how or why. At least NJ has a clear role in the narrative. It’s a replacement for Yeon-soo that Woong’s decision to reject indicates that he still has feelings for Yeon-soo. At this point, I don’t see how Ji-woong’s feelings could affect the story. Just saying them at this point would be cruel on his part.
And even Woong and Yeon-soo are engaged in a surprisingly short time. There is a whole weird comedy of bugs where Yeon-soo buys way too many jujubes. Then Wong later tried to draw some jujube. Not wanting to just talk to each other and get rid of their feelings is very frustrating. Woong almost managed to have a long enough conversation with Yeon-soo’s grandmother to find out why she broke up with him, but they never went into that much detail.
Then there is the conclusion. The flashback, or at least I think it’s flashbacks, shows that Eun-soo knew Wong had abandonment issues. This makes the way she broke up with him unnecessarily cruel. Really, I’m afraid that’s the point of the whole new plot in general. screenwriter Lee Nayun I He quickly lost interest in every other plot point in this drama. I can’t imagine that point would conclude in such a satisfactory manner. Even the stupid subplot about the dog resolves itself without explanation.
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“Our beloved summer” directed by Kim Yeon Jin I, written by Lee Nayun Iand features Choi is imminentAnd Kim Da MiAnd Kim Sung CheolAnd Roh Jeong EuiAnd Ahn Dong JooAnd Park Won Sang. Broadcasting info in Korea: 12/06/2021~ It’s now broadcasting, Mon-Tuesday 22:00 on SBS.
Team writer. He has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, and has lived in South Korea since 2011. He started in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema’s 2016 summer travel diary series, and is settled Currently in Anyang. He has good tips for using the public bus system in South Korea. William Schwartz can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has an alternate at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future films to review.
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