Review: Heart to Heart

2015
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Written by: Lee Jung-ah
Directed by: Lee Yoon-jung
Starring: Choi Kang-hee, Chun Jung-myung
Number of episodes: 16
Average rating: –
Original network: tVN

Hey guys! I am sorry that there was no post last week because I was on a graphic design competition for the whole week. I just did not have any energy left to do anything else. And college starts next week, I am basically doomed and wondering where does my 3-month holiday go? Lol.

These days I am not on my best state, well, basically I just feel very negative about everything and it sucks. But hey, we all have these kind of days sometimes, do not we? But yeah, I just do not feel the best lately. I will get into more details on my next post, probably on a ramble kind of post.

For now, I want to share my thoughts on the drama I just recently watched. Shall we get started?

What’s it about?

This is a story about us, incredibly flawed human beings who meet each other by chance. We occasionally crossed somebody else’s path, either just passed by or stayed on the line. Those people in this drama chose to stay, to heal each other’s wounds and become their strength to hold on.

What to expect?

  • A slice-of-life kind of plot
  • Cliche chaebol family conflict
  • Flawed characters
  • Super cute male lead
  • Mental illness related plot
  • Comedic moments
  • Enjoyable ride
  • Triangle (or rectangular) love story

What not to expect?

  • The prettiest female lead ever
  • Medical-heavy plot
  • Intense romance scenes
  • Complicated plot
  • Addicting soundtrack

My long review starts here

Spoiler alert.

So first, I must say that I did not plan to watch this drama at all. I was actually going to watch Falsify or White Christmas which are both thriller/mystery, but after watching a few minutes of the first episode, I just could not bring myself to go on.

Thriller/mystery will always be my favorite genre to watch, but I guess I was just not in the mood for them right now. I did not realize how much I miss these slice-of-life kind of dramas because I had not watched them for a long time.

While this drama is not my absolute favorite, I found it enjoyable and relaxing. I liked (almost) every character in this drama because they were far from perfect. They were flawed human beings who made mistakes all the times and it felt relatable.

Regarding the plot, I must say that the latter episodes were a bit disappointing. I felt like this drama was split into 2 parts which completely different conflicts. The first part being our female lead finding her true love between 2 guys and the second part was your typical chaebol family drama which I was not impressed by.

I enjoyed the first part much better because it was a pure slice-of-life story. The conflict was much more simple and it had huge potential if only they focused more on the character-growth for the latter part.

I like Go Yi-seok, the goofy little boy who was just so cute and adorable. He was not your typical K-drama guy. He started off as an immature and egocentric guy who was too full of himself. The writer did not shy away from portraying his flaws, instead of as the unrealistic perfect guy. The greatest trait of his character was his honesty and clear head. As a psychologist, I felt like he knew how to control himself very well. He never lost his temper nor tried to solve problems while being emotional. He took his time to calm down and came back to his girl. I appreciated that part of him so much.

As with Cha Hong-do, man! How do I get started? I had such a soft spot for this girl. She had mental illness, which restrain her to socialize with the outside world. However, she tried the best she could with her ability. She spent her time reading books, managing her own garden, and doing her hobby while being locked inside her home. She was not weak in anyway, she could do many things by herself from fixing the light to go confronting the stubborn chairman.

They both were inexperienced and clueless at the beginning, but this show let them to take their time slowly on growing both their characters and relationship. Truly a heart to heart moment.

My favorite on this show hands down had to be Go Se-ro. I felt like I could relate to her on so many levels. Just as Detective Jang said, despite having bunch of awful and terrible problems here and there, she could manage to stay positive at all times. She did not hold grudges nor tried hard to seek attention from her family (like other K-drama character would do) but she chose to focus on her own life, to achieve her dreams and relationship. I admire her so much as a person.

And last, my least favorite part was the cliche family drama. Oh, God, I just could not make any sense of it. They just suddenly threw everything all at once just when our couple finally got their happiness. And everything felt so immature and ridiculous. I did not even want to start discussing in details, that family was probably the worst Chaebol family I had ever known in dramaland. Fortunately Yi-suk and Se-ro were born differently than the rest of the family.

This stupid family conflict almost ruined everything if not for some adorable Se-ro and Detective Jang moments. Instead of adding this unnecessary conflict, it would be better for this show to insert more psychological-related aspects which was actually the main theme for this drama.

Rating

Objective: 8/10
Subjective: 8.25/10

Last but not least

Despite all the complains I had for this drama, this drama still gave me some delightful insights. I liked this drama and would recommend you guys to check it out if you have not already!

What are some of your favorite slice-of-life dramas? Let me know in the comments below!

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