YouTube’s algorithm sure knows how to pique my interest.
I mean, when YouTube suggested this movie to me, I quickly sat up and paid attention. The idea of a movie starring Park Sung Woong and Ra Mi Ran, with a bit of Jin Young pretty thrown in sounded like just my kinda thing, and I promptly changed my Saturday afternoon viewing plans, heh.
Now that I’ve finished the movie, though, I will say that this movie’s a reasonably decent watch, but I did like it better in concept than in execution.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Outcast high-schooler Dong Hyeon (Jin Young in a fat suit) falls from a building and lands on passerby crime boss Pan Soo (Park Sung Woong), and the two end up switching bodies. With his own body in a coma, Pan Soo goes back to school in Dong Hyeon’s body to sort things out – and gives Dong Hyeon some swag while he’s at it.
STUFF I LIKED
1. Fun concept. I’m not a die-hard fan of body swap stories, but I thought this story had a fun enough concept, and I especially like the idea of the timid high school outcast suddenly showing up with a whole lotta gangsta swag, causing jaws everywhere to drop to the floor.
2. Decent execution. I thought the execution in general was pretty alright, though I would have preferred it to be tighter. [SPOILER] I give points for Show touching on sensitive topics like bullying in school, and the currently trending unfortunate topic of the organized intent to drug and assault women at parties. While it touched a bit of a nerve to see these topics surface, it was also gratifying to see our underdogs get the upper hand at the end of the day. [END SPOILER]
3. Park Sung Woong and Ra Mi Ran are great. Park Sung Woong and Ra Mi Ran are both fantastic, as they always are, and for them alone, I felt like this was 2 hours well-spent. Park Sung Woong in particular is great at channeling the timid high schooler trapped in an ahjusshi body, and it was certainly amusing to see Park Sung Woong forgo his usual suave confidence, to play a faint-hearted, terrified teenager.
STUFF I DIDN’T LIKE SO MUCH
1. There’s not enough Park Sung Woong. AsianWiki literally lists Park Sung Woong first in its cast lineup for this movie, so I really expected to see a lot more of him on my screen. Unfortunately, Park Sung Woong appears for roughly only half the movie, at best. Let’s just say that I felt the loss keenly.
2. Jin Young’s delivery could be better. This movie turned out to be more of a Jin Young showcase than anything else, with the story written such that Jin Young gets the chance to play a timid fat kid and a jaded ahjusshi crime boss with impressive fight skillz. Unfortunately, while I do generally think Jin Young is a reasonably decent actor, I feel like this role demanded more of him than he’s currently capable of. I generally found his delivery acceptable, but not super convincing nor nuanced, which is a pity, because Jin Young gets the lion’s share of screen time.
3. The Intended Funny isn’t all that funny. You guys know k-humor is hit or miss for me as a general rule, and in this case, I wasn’t all that tickled by the jokes and gags that Show serves up. But.. different strokes for different folks, as they say. You might find this one hilarious, even if I didn’t?
THOUGHTS ON THE ENDING [SPOILERS]
To be brutally honest, I felt the ending was rather rushed, with Pan Soo on the brink of death in Dong Hyeon’s body, thanks to Pan Soo’s livid ex-wife-to-be (Min Ji Ah) running him down in her car. I mean, we literally go from a death bed type scene, to a surgery scene, to a happy ever scene, where we see all our key characters cheerfully buzzing about in the new snack shop that Pan Soo’s gotten for Mi Seon (Ra Mi Ran), all within several short minutes.
It’s kinda sweet, yes, but it also feels like we leapfrogged over several plot points in order to get here.
I can’t help thinking that this story could’ve been more fleshed-out and therefore more satisfying, if it’d been a drama miniseries, of around, say, 4 to 6 episodes. But maybe that’s why I’m generally more of a drama girl. Or maybe that’s just my inner Park Sung Woong fangirl trying to negotiate more screen time for him, heh.
Overall, this didn’t knock my socks off, but it was a reasonably enjoyable watch that I don’t regret. Which is more than I can say for some shows, so there’s that?
THE FINAL VERDICT:
Not amazing, but not a bad way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon either.
FINAL GRADE: C++