Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Let's Eat! Korean Drama Review

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Sometimes, real life intrudes on my K-drama watching/writing schedule. An unexpected trip out of town + catching up on work as a result of going out of town = finally catching up on a few reviews that I've had on the shelf for weeks and weeks. I'll get around to reviewing I Need Romance 3 someday (...maybe), but for today, let's talk Let's Eat. 

This show wasn't even remotely on my radar until multiple readers asked for reviews, so I decided to give it a try. I'm all about underrated, quirky dramas, and Let's Eat had quirkiness in spades, for good and bad.

What It's About: Lee Soo Kyung (Played by Lee Soo Kyung--how convenient for her!) is a divorced woman who lives alone. She loves her adorable dog, Barassi (a play on the Korean pronunciation of Che Guevara), and she really, really loves food. Over the course of the series, she gets to know her neighbors, and everyone eats a ton of food.


At its heart, Let's Eat is a pleasant, fluffy drama that doubles as food porn. And when I say food porn, I mean that very literally. Upon hearing the various eating groans, my husband came into the room more than once to ask "What on earth are you watching?" On the one hand, the Food Network lover in me really enjoyed seeing bowl after bowl of amazing food. On the other hand, some episodes literally featured fifteen full minutes of slow mo eating. That's not an exaggeration.

Then there's the murder side plot. Did I mention that there's murder on this show? No? That's because it's tossed into the story as an afterthought. This is how I imagine the murder plot evolving:

Cable executive: I know that you wanted to do a show about food, but this script already involves 30 minutes of people eating. What are you going to do for the last 10 minutes?
Writer: .....Murder?

The central romance also felt a little haphazard and forced at times. Based on the first ten episodes of the show, they could have gotten away with no romance at all. Then, suddenly, the romance charges ahead with full steam. There were very cute moments, but I just didn't see much chemistry between the leads.

If all of this sounds like I didn't enjoy Let's Eat, that's not the case. When the show focused on the four lead characters and their growing friendships, it worked really well. Goo Dae Young (Yoon Doo Joon) was a tough character to figure out at first, and that's what kept me interested. I get tired of traditional male leads from time to time, and the friendly insurance salesman who wears a tracksuit and leaves all of his clothes at the dry cleaner's was an interesting break from the mold. Doo Joon did really well for an idol-turned-actor.


I didn't fully connect with Lee Soo Kyung's character, but after watching both Emergency Couple and Sly and Single Again, it was nice to see a story about a divorcee that didn't revolve around some long, drawn out backstory. The drama just treats it as a matter-of-fact part of her life.

Barassi clearly takes the cake as the best side character in the entire show, but Kim Hak Moon and Yoon Jin Yi round out the cast nicely. Once again subverting drama stereotypes, Jin Yi might be the sweetest second female lead of all time, and Hak Moon starts with a haughty first lead exterior, only to reveal an adorkable goofy side.



Conclusions
It's an uneven drama, and some of the extended eating scenes are borderline uncomfortable to watch, but if you love food shows and light noona romances, this might be the drama of your dreams! Just don't watch on an empty stomach.

Where to watch Let's Eat:
Viki

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for reviewing this drama. You summed up pretty much how I felt about it. It was quirky and fun, I enjoyed it!

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  2. I don't have much to say except that I enjoyed your review and fell in love with this drama. I have never laughed so much! So quirky and fun! Oh Do Yeon was hilarioussssss! I wish she got a man in the end, though. Strangely enough, I actually loved the food porn!

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  3. Isn't it funny how you have to say "that's not an exaggeration" after talking about the food scenes. It just sounds so unlikely when you say "no really, they ate for a good 15 minutes of screen time", lol. I agree that the romance wasn't really necessary; the friendships were the main thing anyway. But, i loved this show, it was unexpected and fun and cute and didn't have any annoying characters.

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  4. I liked this drama, a nice surprise, even if I got a bit tired on the long food scenes after some episodes. I was impressed by the rookie acres Yoon So-hee that had the second female role, I think she has a good chance to be successful in the future.

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  5. Yes, she did really well with that role. That character suited her perfectly!

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  6. You need to watch That Winter, the Wind Blows! Best Drama EVER. The male lead is amaze-balls, and the pilot episode is literally the best introduction to a kdrama I've ever seen.

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  8. I'm watching on TV and also trying to catch up episodes on Hulu. Why is she divorced? And does he and his parents have so much debt? The food scenes are incredible. They make me want to eat food I've never even tried. Why is family responsible for other familly members debt? It reminded me of soulmate, obviously and flower boys next door.

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