I have decided that I am going to start doing Korean drama reviews, because it is a private addiction that I can only share with a chosen few. Since I just watched Lie to Me for the second time, it would only be appropriate to do this drama first.
While many people may disagree with my rating, please excuse me it was my first drama and I truly enjoyed it. The first time I watched Lie to Me, I finished it in less than 48 hours. This was partially due to the fact that I was bedridden, but mostly because I could not stop watching.
First, I loved the music. There were American songs like “Fly Like a G6” by Far East Movement, “Baby” by Justin Bieber, and “It’s a Love Thing” by Bebe Winans. Although, the catchy Korean songs caught me by surprise, including “Lovin’ Ice Cream” by EZ Life and As One and “Walking on A Cloud” by Cho Kyu Chan.
Second, the actors were superb in this drama. I believe that Yoon Eun-Hye is one of the best Korean actresses around. She would be great in U.S. films too; her expressions say it all and she has a very likable X-factor (even though her character in Coffee Prince is getting on my nerves). Kang Ji-Hwan, in addition to being a great actor, is not what Koreans would say kkonminam (“vain young male pop idol with a great sense of personal style and fashion”). I like that he is not kkonminam, which many male leads are in Korean dramas. Rather, he is a mix of fun, handsome, and manliness.
Third, Lie to Me remains romantic while taking you past the initial stages of a relationship. In many Korean dramas the ending is similar to many fairytales; the man and women finally get together and the story ends. In this drama, both characters overcome hurdles with others and within themselves before deciding whether they want to move past the boyfriend-girlfriend stage of the relationship. Over and above all else, there were no dead fish kiss scenes. I assume they had good chemistry.
Fourth, all the characters had a great wardrobe. Ki-Joon’s suits were far above par. Ah-Jung had a spectacular cute at work look, thumbs up to her look at the housewarming. Despite the wardrobes of the leads, Park Ji-Yun stole the show with consistently fashionably smart business casual attire. Moreover, I am not sure if it was intentional, but Park Hoon was a convincing early 20s Korean Harry Potter.
Alas, there were some disappointments. The last episode made me want to take a star away. As much as the writers tried, they could not push me to the point of dropping a star. In addition to Ah-Jung in the last episode, I also had a problem with the lack of closure in the story lines of Yun-Joo and Sang Hee.
Finally, at points it did drag, but never enough for me to stop watching. The first episodes were hilarious, then is got stale because I read that the main writer became very ill and a different writer had to take over. By episode 8, it did pick back up. Thus, I am giving Lie to Me some leeway and giving it 4 and a half stars
Side note: Why do Korean dramas have cars with tape over their logos?
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