dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
In kdrama world, things often come in twos, whether it's time-travelling doctors or Iljimaes. And thus it is with body changing stories - in addition to Hong Sisters' surprisingly lovely Big, we have tVN's offering I Love Lee Tae Ri, about a 14-year-old who transforms into a 25-year-old and falls for a late-twenties heroine of the title.



Driven by God-knows which impulse, I decided to try ILLTR only to run away screaming. Oh my God, stay away! There are many dramas that leave me rather 'meh,' which I do not even bother commenting about, but this one is in a special category of its own.

First, let's hit the easiest, lowest-hanging fruit - many a mediocre or even questionable drama has been saved by good acting. ILLTR is, I assure you, not one of them. It is amazing that neither of the main four shows a single glimmer of acting ability - I believe the male lead is a male idol and, I am sure, he is excellent in his chosen profession. I only wish he stuck to that profession and never graced our screens as an 'actor' - he is better than someone like Changmin in Paradise Ranch but that is about all I can say. The leading lady I am unfamiliar with, but her acting skill is truly infinitesimal. Still, both our leads appear to be graduates of RADA in comparison to the unfortunate young woman playing the secondary girl, who is yet another idol who should have stuck to her day job. Sure, secondary girl roles are unsually not the place the shine, but this is a new, unseen-before level of horror. She is actively painful to watch - I think if someone paired her with my 'n1 worst kdrama actor I've ever seen' Yunho in a drama, a perfect black hole of awfulness would be created and the world would self-destruct. The secondary guy is saddled with an awful character and the best I can say about his acting is that he is marginally better than the secondary girl. Emphasis on 'marginally.'

OK, now that I got this out of the way (and am sort-of quaking whether hordes of fans of the idols in the cast will now plot my doom and destruction - fangirls, your idols may be the best idols ever, but they should stay away from acting, OK?), let's address the real problem - the premise. Because, let's face it, I've enjoyed dramas with some bad actors in them when the premise was interesting - nobody is going to label Kim Hyun Joong a great thespian but I liked his character in Boys Over Flowers and thought Playful Kiss was adorable.

So - the premise - 14-yr-old boy acquires 25-yr-old body, romances late 20s woman. Anyone see a problem? ANYONE? I am game for a younger man-older woman romance, but this is not like those 'hot for teacher' dramas Asia seems to love, in which the student is about to graduate high school. Nor is it like Big, where even if he wasn't in a 30-yr-old body, Kyung Joon would be 19. This kid (and yes, I use the word deliberately) is fourteen. That is Mary Kate Letourneau territory. I don't care if his body is 25 or 45 or 85. He himself is 14 and the drama makes it clear. The only way I want to watch a romance involving a 14-yr-old, the only way a romance involving a 14-yr-old is OK is if it's a childhood love portion and the recipient of his affection is his age. Not to mention that the whole story starts when he is jealous about his arranged-fiancee who is 19 and the drama portrays it as normal and even romantic-sweet for this kid to be spouting romantic lines at her and for the families to treat him as adult in this matter. This drama, frankly, makes my skin crawl and I do not want to know what the writers were thinking to come up with it.

So, I cannot say it strongly enough - stay away! If you need a tVN drama in your life, I've heard great things about I Need Romance 2012 and that one involves all adults.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
In kdrama world, things often come in twos, whether it's time-travelling doctors or Iljimaes. And thus it is with body changing stories - in addition to Hong Sisters' surprisingly lovely Big, we have tVN's offering I Love Lee Tae Ri, about a 14-year-old who transforms into a 25-year-old and falls for a late-twenties heroine of the title.



Driven by God-knows which impulse, I decided to try ILLTR only to run away screaming. Oh my God, stay away! There are many dramas that leave me rather 'meh,' which I do not even bother commenting about, but this one is in a special category of its own.

First, let's hit the easiest, lowest-hanging fruit - many a mediocre or even questionable drama has been saved by good acting. ILLTR is, I assure you, not one of them. It is amazing that neither of the main four shows a single glimmer of acting ability - I believe the male lead is a male idol and, I am sure, he is excellent in his chosen profession. I only wish he stuck to that profession and never graced our screens as an 'actor' - he is better than someone like Changmin in Paradise Ranch but that is about all I can say. The leading lady I am unfamiliar with, but her acting skill is truly infinitesimal. Still, both our leads appear to be graduates of RADA in comparison to the unfortunate young woman playing the secondary girl, who is yet another idol who should have stuck to her day job. Sure, secondary girl roles are unsually not the place the shine, but this is a new, unseen-before level of horror. She is actively painful to watch - I think if someone paired her with my 'n1 worst kdrama actor I've ever seen' Yunho in a drama, a perfect black hole of awfulness would be created and the world would self-destruct. The secondary guy is saddled with an awful character and the best I can say about his acting is that he is marginally better than the secondary girl. Emphasis on 'marginally.'

OK, now that I got this out of the way (and am sort-of quaking whether hordes of fans of the idols in the cast will now plot my doom and destruction - fangirls, your idols may be the best idols ever, but they should stay away from acting, OK?), let's address the real problem - the premise. Because, let's face it, I've enjoyed dramas with some bad actors in them when the premise was interesting - nobody is going to label Kim Hyun Joong a great thespian but I liked his character in Boys Over Flowers and thought Playful Kiss was adorable.

So - the premise - 14-yr-old boy acquires 25-yr-old body, romances late 20s woman. Anyone see a problem? ANYONE? I am game for a younger man-older woman romance, but this is not like those 'hot for teacher' dramas Asia seems to love, in which the student is about to graduate high school. Nor is it like Big, where even if he wasn't in a 30-yr-old body, Kyung Joon would be 19. This kid (and yes, I use the word deliberately) is fourteen. That is Mary Kate Letourneau territory. I don't care if his body is 25 or 45 or 85. He himself is 14 and the drama makes it clear. The only way I want to watch a romance involving a 14-yr-old, the only way a romance involving a 14-yr-old is OK is if it's a childhood love portion and the recipient of his affection is his age. Not to mention that the whole story starts when he is jealous about his arranged-fiancee who is 19 and the drama portrays it as normal and even romantic-sweet for this kid to be spouting romantic lines at her and for the families to treat him as adult in this matter. This drama, frankly, makes my skin crawl and I do not want to know what the writers were thinking to come up with it.

So, I cannot say it strongly enough - stay away! If you need a tVN drama in your life, I've heard great things about I Need Romance 2012 and that one involves all adults.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
In kdrama world, things often come in twos, whether it's time-travelling doctors or Iljimaes. And thus it is with body changing stories - in addition to Hong Sisters' surprisingly lovely Big, we have tVN's offering I Love Lee Tae Ri, about a 14-year-old who transforms into a 25-year-old and falls for a late-twenties heroine of the title.



Driven by God-knows which impulse, I decided to try ILLTR only to run away screaming. Oh my God, stay away! There are many dramas that leave me rather 'meh,' which I do not even bother commenting about, but this one is in a special category of its own.

First, let's hit the easiest, lowest-hanging fruit - many a mediocre or even questionable drama has been saved by good acting. ILLTR is, I assure you, not one of them. It is amazing that neither of the main four shows a single glimmer of acting ability - I believe the male lead is a male idol and, I am sure, he is excellent in his chosen profession. I only wish he stuck to that profession and never graced our screens as an 'actor' - he is better than someone like Changmin in Paradise Ranch but that is about all I can say. The leading lady I am unfamiliar with, but her acting skill is truly infinitesimal. Still, both our leads appear to be graduates of RADA in comparison to the unfortunate young woman playing the secondary girl, who is yet another idol who should have stuck to her day job. Sure, secondary girl roles are unsually not the place the shine, but this is a new, unseen-before level of horror. She is actively painful to watch - I think if someone paired her with my 'n1 worst kdrama actor I've ever seen' Yunho in a drama, a perfect black hole of awfulness would be created and the world would self-destruct. The secondary guy is saddled with an awful character and the best I can say about his acting is that he is marginally better than the secondary girl. Emphasis on 'marginally.'

OK, now that I got this out of the way (and am sort-of quaking whether hordes of fans of the idols in the cast will now plot my doom and destruction - fangirls, your idols may be the best idols ever, but they should stay away from acting, OK?), let's address the real problem - the premise. Because, let's face it, I've enjoyed dramas with some bad actors in them when the premise was interesting - nobody is going to label Kim Hyun Joong a great thespian but I liked his character in Boys Over Flowers and thought Playful Kiss was adorable.

So - the premise - 14-yr-old boy acquires 25-yr-old body, romances late 20s woman. Anyone see a problem? ANYONE? I am game for a younger man-older woman romance, but this is not like those 'hot for teacher' dramas Asia seems to love, in which the student is about to graduate high school. Nor is it like Big, where even if he wasn't in a 30-yr-old body, Kyung Joon would be 19. This kid (and yes, I use the word deliberately) is fourteen. That is Mary Kate Letourneau territory. I don't care if his body is 25 or 45 or 85. He himself is 14 and the drama makes it clear. The only way I want to watch a romance involving a 14-yr-old, the only way a romance involving a 14-yr-old is OK is if it's a childhood love portion and the recipient of his affection is his age. Not to mention that the whole story starts when he is jealous about his arranged-fiancee who is 19 and the drama portrays it as normal and even romantic-sweet for this kid to be spouting romantic lines at her and for the families to treat him as adult in this matter. This drama, frankly, makes my skin crawl and I do not want to know what the writers were thinking to come up with it.

So, I cannot say it strongly enough - stay away! If you need a tVN drama in your life, I've heard great things about I Need Romance 2012 and that one involves all adults.

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