THE SHORT VERDICT:
Now this is revenge melo done right.
Also, Jang Hyuk is Prowling Panther levels of superb in this. Flail.
Money Flower OST – Blind
THE LONG VERDICT:
The big thing that Money Flower has taught me, is never say never.
I simply could. not. look. away. Dang.
STUFF I LOVED
1. Overall execution
Consistency & Intensity
A compellingly dark drama world
Money Flower OST – Death Star
2. Jang Hyuk as Kang Pil Joo
Pil Joo the character
Here are some of the things about Pil Joo, that stood out to me.
He has personal power
He’s shrewd & well-prepared
He’s got a lot of heart
He kicks ass
He plays by his own rules
Why do we root for Pil Joo? [SPOILERS]
Money Flower OST – A Nameless Story
3 examples of Jang Hyuk’s amazing performance
1. Emotions surging under his skin
2. “You’re not wrong.”
3. The childlike gaze
3. Lee Mi Sook as Jung Mal Ran
The reason I disdained Mal Ran
The extent of Mal Ran’s dysfunction
I feel that the instance that best showcases Mal Ran’s dysfunction, is in episode 20.
And having done all that, she has the gall to sit in her car and cry.
The entire thing is just so sick and so twisted.
Money Flower OST – Poisoned Apple
4. The dramatic tension between Pil Joo and Mal Ran
The circumstantial evidence
The most electrifying scene
Money Flower OST – Home
STUFF THAT WAS NEUTRAL
The muted loveline
Here’s the quick spotlight on two instances that felt especially pertinent, in this muted loveline.
The confession scene
The goodbye scene
In episode 19, the goodbye scene between Mo Hyun and Pil Joo is so thick with emotion.
Augh. So intense.
Lee Soon Jae as Chairman Gramps
Here are just a handful of times when Chairman Gramps shocked me with his twisted way of thinking.
STUFF I DIDN’T LOVE SO MUCH
Park Se Young as Na Mo Hyun
Money Flower OST – Regret
As much as I enjoyed Money Flower as a whole, Show did have a handful of imperfections, to my eyes.
Here’s a quick list, for the record.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE PENULTIMATE EPISODE
Guh. I had no clue how Show was going to resolve this next episode, but I couldn’t wait to find out.
This is quite possibly the most exciting penultimate episode of a drama that I’ve seen, ever.
Money Flower OST – White Night
THOUGHTS ON THE ENDING [SPOILERS]
Let me just preface this section by saying that I had mixed expectations, going into this finale.
The short answer is, I think Show did a pretty solid job.
First, let me get the downsides out of the way.
There were several things in this finale that I didn’t like so much.
THE FINAL VERDICT:
Thoroughly twisted, yet completely captivating. A must-see.
FINAL GRADE: A-