dangermousie: (Mary by coloures)
I felt in the mood for something sunny and happy-making this morning, and something I haven't watched to death. Solution? I finally finished Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me Mary), a so-very-flawed but oh-so-darling drama from 2010.



I very rarely care for kdrama romcoms but I went rabid for MMM when it aired. Its quirky, offbeat vibe appealed to me and I really fell for its protagonists, Mary and Mugyul, and the ridiculous chemistry between Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Seok (in fact, MMM was the drama that converted me to a JGS fangirl - prior to it I was actually a bit of an anti). The problem was everything else - every other character was annoying and/or boring, the script derailed and kept derailing like a rollecoaster about to collapse (at one point, the writer apparently considered killing off Mugyul, only to be thwarted by JGS. You have to have seen the drama to realize how insane that was from plot, character and vibe standpoint).

MMM was, by no definition of the word, a good drama. And yet I loved it. It belongs to that small but treasured categories of dramas where you know they are, objectively, bad, but the OTP is so lovely, you don't care. (Myung Wol the Spy is another drama like that. So was Lie to Me for a lot of people, though not me).

I bailed after ep 12, but I felt in the mood today, and finished it, with selective fastfowarding (i.e., every scene without our OTP). And my verdict stands - very flawed, appallingly written (oh, what they could have done with the writer of Shut Up! It could have been a lovely story about musicians, hipsters, hippies et al.), but the OTP just makes me forget everything and feels my heart with joy and love.

Darling darling caps of my darling darling OTP from ep 16. I dare you not to love them. )

Have an adorable MV:

dangermousie: (Mary by coloures)
I felt in the mood for something sunny and happy-making this morning, and something I haven't watched to death. Solution? I finally finished Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me Mary), a so-very-flawed but oh-so-darling drama from 2010.



I very rarely care for kdrama romcoms but I went rabid for MMM when it aired. Its quirky, offbeat vibe appealed to me and I really fell for its protagonists, Mary and Mugyul, and the ridiculous chemistry between Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Seok (in fact, MMM was the drama that converted me to a JGS fangirl - prior to it I was actually a bit of an anti). The problem was everything else - every other character was annoying and/or boring, the script derailed and kept derailing like a rollecoaster about to collapse (at one point, the writer apparently considered killing off Mugyul, only to be thwarted by JGS. You have to have seen the drama to realize how insane that was from plot, character and vibe standpoint).

MMM was, by no definition of the word, a good drama. And yet I loved it. It belongs to that small but treasured categories of dramas where you know they are, objectively, bad, but the OTP is so lovely, you don't care. (Myung Wol the Spy is another drama like that. So was Lie to Me for a lot of people, though not me).

I bailed after ep 12, but I felt in the mood today, and finished it, with selective fastfowarding (i.e., every scene without our OTP). And my verdict stands - very flawed, appallingly written (oh, what they could have done with the writer of Shut Up! It could have been a lovely story about musicians, hipsters, hippies et al.), but the OTP just makes me forget everything and feels my heart with joy and love.

Darling darling caps of my darling darling OTP from ep 16. I dare you not to love them. )

Have an adorable MV:

dangermousie: (Mary by coloures)
I felt in the mood for something sunny and happy-making this morning, and something I haven't watched to death. Solution? I finally finished Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me Mary), a so-very-flawed but oh-so-darling drama from 2010.



I very rarely care for kdrama romcoms but I went rabid for MMM when it aired. Its quirky, offbeat vibe appealed to me and I really fell for its protagonists, Mary and Mugyul, and the ridiculous chemistry between Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Seok (in fact, MMM was the drama that converted me to a JGS fangirl - prior to it I was actually a bit of an anti). The problem was everything else - every other character was annoying and/or boring, the script derailed and kept derailing like a rollecoaster about to collapse (at one point, the writer apparently considered killing off Mugyul, only to be thwarted by JGS. You have to have seen the drama to realize how insane that was from plot, character and vibe standpoint).

MMM was, by no definition of the word, a good drama. And yet I loved it. It belongs to that small but treasured categories of dramas where you know they are, objectively, bad, but the OTP is so lovely, you don't care. (Myung Wol the Spy is another drama like that. So was Lie to Me for a lot of people, though not me).

I bailed after ep 12, but I felt in the mood today, and finished it, with selective fastfowarding (i.e., every scene without our OTP). And my verdict stands - very flawed, appallingly written (oh, what they could have done with the writer of Shut Up! It could have been a lovely story about musicians, hipsters, hippies et al.), but the OTP just makes me forget everything and feels my heart with joy and love.

Darling darling caps of my darling darling OTP from ep 16. I dare you not to love them. )

Have an adorable MV:

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I bailed after ep 12 of MSOAN but I did read recaps and liveblogs of it through to the end. Oh my, the writer must have had some really really good drugs. It's a pity because it had a lovely cast and the first half had a delicious, quirky, off-beat vibe. I really do wish they stuck with the first writer, despite her flaws.

Sadly, this means I am finally adding both the Geuns to my small list of "red flag when they star in the drama" actors (others on that list include Lee Min Ho** and Kim Rae Won*) - all the actors on that list do good work but seem to have a horrendous taste in picking dramas. MGY, first Painter of the Wind, then Cinderella Unni, now this? Three strikes, you are out. She is a versatile actress but her drama taste is not mine. Jang Geun Seok? I don't know who picks your projects, but fire him. My dislike of YAB is well-known, BV was a dead bore, and MSOAN was the messiest mess that ever lived. (Hong Gil Dong I do adore but I thought he was wooden as a plank in that one - I did not care for either his character or his acting in that one). I think he has oodles of on-screen charisma and plenty of potential but the roles he picks - oy!

* KRW is a perfect example - I adore him and most of his dramas are hits but I can't stand any of them, except for Which Star Are You From which I do love.

** Oh, Lee Min Ho. You are hot and charismatic and have lovely acting chops. How I wish you were in something decent for once, but given your track record, I am preemptively skipping City Hunter for my own sanity and blood pressure.
dangermousie: (Default)
I bailed after ep 12 of MSOAN but I did read recaps and liveblogs of it through to the end. Oh my, the writer must have had some really really good drugs. It's a pity because it had a lovely cast and the first half had a delicious, quirky, off-beat vibe. I really do wish they stuck with the first writer, despite her flaws.

Sadly, this means I am finally adding both the Geuns to my small list of "red flag when they star in the drama" actors (others on that list include Lee Min Ho** and Kim Rae Won*) - all the actors on that list do good work but seem to have a horrendous taste in picking dramas. MGY, first Painter of the Wind, then Cinderella Unni, now this? Three strikes, you are out. She is a versatile actress but her drama taste is not mine. Jang Geun Seok? I don't know who picks your projects, but fire him. My dislike of YAB is well-known, BV was a dead bore, and MSOAN was the messiest mess that ever lived. (Hong Gil Dong I do adore but I thought he was wooden as a plank in that one - I did not care for either his character or his acting in that one). I think he has oodles of on-screen charisma and plenty of potential but the roles he picks - oy!

* KRW is a perfect example - I adore him and most of his dramas are hits but I can't stand any of them, except for Which Star Are You From which I do love.

** Oh, Lee Min Ho. You are hot and charismatic and have lovely acting chops. How I wish you were in something decent for once, but given your track record, I am preemptively skipping City Hunter for my own sanity and blood pressure.
dangermousie: (Default)
I bailed after ep 12 of MSOAN but I did read recaps and liveblogs of it through to the end. Oh my, the writer must have had some really really good drugs. It's a pity because it had a lovely cast and the first half had a delicious, quirky, off-beat vibe. I really do wish they stuck with the first writer, despite her flaws.

Sadly, this means I am finally adding both the Geuns to my small list of "red flag when they star in the drama" actors (others on that list include Lee Min Ho** and Kim Rae Won*) - all the actors on that list do good work but seem to have a horrendous taste in picking dramas. MGY, first Painter of the Wind, then Cinderella Unni, now this? Three strikes, you are out. She is a versatile actress but her drama taste is not mine. Jang Geun Seok? I don't know who picks your projects, but fire him. My dislike of YAB is well-known, BV was a dead bore, and MSOAN was the messiest mess that ever lived. (Hong Gil Dong I do adore but I thought he was wooden as a plank in that one - I did not care for either his character or his acting in that one). I think he has oodles of on-screen charisma and plenty of potential but the roles he picks - oy!

* KRW is a perfect example - I adore him and most of his dramas are hits but I can't stand any of them, except for Which Star Are You From which I do love.

** Oh, Lee Min Ho. You are hot and charismatic and have lovely acting chops. How I wish you were in something decent for once, but given your track record, I am preemptively skipping City Hunter for my own sanity and blood pressure.

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