Over years of asking people this question, I've noticed that 90% of women will claim that they most resemble Belle or Mulan. At first, this seemed like complete arrogance because, let's face it, no one is as great as Belle, but then I realized that it wasn't a lie: for all introverted nerds out there, Belle really is the best (though idealized) Disney character match. For socially awkward tomboys, it's Mulan.
|Fine, Yi Soo, you win me over with your poise and your charm|
and your potted plant! Now give me those clothes!
And therein lies the entire charm of A Gentleman's Dignity. I can't recommend this show wholesale because I know it will bore a lot of people, and I don't have any argument against their boredom. I should have been bored watching what could have been real people with real emotions in real relationships (aside from some manufactured drama at the end) episode after episode. Interestingly enough, I used my fast forward button far less than usual with this one. I also became insanely emotionally invested in the characters, which is saying something. I actually caught myself clutching my heart at one point. Clutching my heart! Someone needs to stage an intervention. What is this nonsense melting my evil asylum man heart?
|Come to think of it all of the clothing in this show was stellar. |
No sequins or fur capes here!
Last thing that I appreciated: the OST. Who can resist a slightly off-pitch indie love song or a ballad that one of the characters sings to earn money in the streets?
Sure, there were some downsides to the show. Although these might not have been the biggest problems, they were the ones that hindered my enjoyment the most:
1. As I said before, there was some pretty manufactured drama for the last few episodes, and I'm not sure the characters reacted in reasonable ways. Why was all of this stuff such a big deal? Then again, if Coco tried to marry my (currently) 16-year-old brother in 10 years, I would probably punch her in the face, too, so maybe I shouldn't judge?
|Just fast forward all 3 hours of this.|
2. Speaking of Im Meari, her crying face is the worst. Happy Meari is endearing, but wailing Meari is terrible. I know that they're trying to highlight the age/maturity difference between her and Yoon, but why did she have to hop around and sob all of the time if she's 24 years old? Even back when I was 18 and my friends sometimes cried over boys (*cough*Coco*cough*), I don't recall any of them jumping up and down or screeching at birthday parties.
3. Jang Dong Gun's cheekbones are distractingly pointy, which made him look slightly skeletal for a while. I got over it once his character grew on me a little.
With all of these elements combined, I enjoyed this show far more than I think I should have. Like I said, I can't blame you if you hated it, but it won me over big time.
P.S. If Yi Soo is the idealized k-drama Disney princess most similar to me, Secret Garden's Gil Ra Im is the one I wish were most similar to me. Who's yours?