K-Drama Review: Something in the Rain (Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food)

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Tired of the fast moving plot with complex and sometimes too imaginary themed drama? You may find this 2018 drama as your “guilty pleasure”. Here are things you should know about “Something in the Rain” or known as “Pretty Noona who Buys Me Food”.

Plot:

Yoon Jin Ah (Son Ye Jin) is an ordinary career woman in her late 30s with not much luck on romance. While Seo Joon Hee (Jung Hae In), is a bright and helplessly romantic man in his early 30s who came from a broken family. Jin Ah life changed after Joon Hee came back after working in the States for 3 years, as Joon Hee develops feelings for her despite being Jin Ah’s best friend’s younger brother (also he is best friend with Jin Ah’s younger brother and been treated like a family by Jin Ah’s parents). The story follows these two individuals as their relationship changes from family-like into a romantic one.

Cast:

  • Son Ye Jin as Yoon Jin Ah, a clueless woman who tends to only following others’ lead
  • Jung Hae In as Seo Joon Hee, despite being rumored as a womanizer, he loves Jin Ah faithfully and earnestly
  • Jang So Yeon as Seo Kyung Seon, Jin Ah’s best friend who is also Joon Hee’s mother-like-sister. Having to live with just Joon Hee at a young age, Kyung Seon became mature too early.

Review:

It is applauded that the director/writer(s) brought up 2 trending topics together; song-song couple and sexual harassment at work in light of the “#metoo movement”. No wonder that the drama becomes a huge hit, additionally they cast Son Ye Jin, which marks the melodrama queen comeback to small screen after years.

Another praise goes to the cinematography that captured beautifully and even fit for the big screen. Even just by seeing the opening credit, we could see how classy, beautiful and romantic the drama would be. The soundtracks which is considered rare as they use 100% english songs (classic slow romance songs at that), only adding the classy feelings of the drama.

The story although relatively move on slower pace with smaller issues compared to recent dramas, successfully delivered a realistic and relatable story as their issues are somewhat commonly found in our daily life. However, being too realistic could be a little disappointing for viewers (especially those who are trying to find escape through drama watching) as this drama also gives a rather realistic ending. But thanks to its realistic story, we finally find a big romance drama without those overly cheesy (and rather poetic) lines. One thing that’s a bit unfortunate about this drama is how Jin Ah is supposed to grow into a more mature woman throughout the drama, however the director/writer(s) seem to slightly failed to picture it. As the “mature” Jin Ah tends to make bad decisions (such as making lies easily), becomes more selfish and losing her initial charms (cute yet very capable at work).

The Actors/actresses did great portrayal to their characters that we could sense their chemistry. Especially for Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In who looks so comfortable and natural despite their age gap and all the (lots of) skinships. Gil Hae Yeon who played Jin Ah’s mother also did a great job channeling motherly character who obviously worries and cares about her children despite her stubborn and materialistic facade.

Overall, this drama is a calming and heart fluttering drama that would be a great choice for those who love romance drama (with lots and lots of skinship) in a realistic background.

Rating: 8.7/10

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