[Review] Cheongdamdong Alice – 청담동 앨리스

PREDICTING WONDERLAND

A talented young designer, Han Se Kyung (Moon Geun Young) has dreams of making it big and having her own shop in Cheongdamdong.  However, the stuck-up, exclusive world prevents her from succeeding until she meet Jean Thierry Cha (Park Shi Hoo) does she get a once in a lifetime opportunity.

There is nothing about this trite plot that drew me into the drama.  The poor girl rescued by the knight in shining armor has been done so many time before.  However, the cast makes the overplayed plot look so much fun.

Luna [f(x)] – 괜찮아 (It’s Okay)

루나 [f(x)] – 괜찮아 (It’s Okay)

Moon Geun Young is the heart of the drama and we follow her plight down the rabbit hole of a lie.  What makes her work in this drama is that she’s adorably cute and determined.  Despite her youth, she appears as the adult amongst the Cheongdamdong elite because she has herself figured out more than the other characters.

Though the thing that makes the drama fun is Park Shi Hoo’s wild childish side.  It’s a side I kinda missed while watching the dramatic The Princess’ Man.

The great thing about watching Park Shi Hoo in a romantic comedy is that you get to see both sides of his acting.  He balances the lighter moments so well with the dramatic moments that it doesn’t feel like an abrupt shift.  Here you get to see it through the two versions of his character.  Jean Thierry Cha is the confident, suave businessman while Cha Seung Jo is the little boy who is forever seeking approval from others.

When it comes to the writing, it would be easy for me to just dismiss it because it played out as I had expected it to.  From how this drama was going to unfold down to when the crucial developments was going to happen.

However, I found the discussion about success versus being opportunistic and being rich versus being poor to be pretty enlightening.  Some might find debates like this to be trivial but there is truth in the fact that just because you work hard, it doesn’t mean that your dreams come true.  It takes a little luck and in some cases having the help of a wealthy benefactor.

Lee Seung Hwan – Sorry (feat.요조) (Sorry (feat. Yozoh))

이승환 – Sorry (feat.요조)

Unfortunately, I do think the writing was lost one of the characters.  Heo Dong Wook (Park Kwang Hyun) is Seung Jo’s friend and mostly his voice of reason.  Seo Yoon Joo (So Yi Hyun) is Se Kyung’s frenemy turned ally who shows her the door to this world.

However, I don’t understand Tommy Hong’s (Kim Ji Suk) change in purpose.  At the beginning, he has a more defined role as the guard to the doorway of this world.  As he begins to like Se Kyung and agrees to help her, I kept wondering why he would go to such lengths if he didn’t feel something more beyond a platonic relationship.  I guess I wanted there to be something between the two because otherwise his role in the 2nd half of the drama lacked motive and was unrealistic.

The drama is decent enough and the actors make it entertaining to make it okay in my book.  It’s just that you have to know what to expect in this drama.  It’s cute but there are just no real surprises here.

Rating

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