After all the feels Ong Seong Wu evoked in his debut drama Moment at Eighteen, I was thrilled when I found out he would be starring in a new drama this fall. How will this novice actor do stepping into the shoes of a new character? Come see what I thought about More Than Friends!
Ten years ago, Kyung Woo Yeon was as innocent and carefree as any eighteen year old might be. With dreams and ambitions and a heart ready to love, it was only a matter of time before she fell for someone. And fall she did; for her friend, Lee Soo. Unable to hold her feelings in her heart, she confesses to him before he leaves and gets friend-zoned.
Seven years later, she tries her luck again only to be rejected again. She is determined to get over what she considers this curse of not being able to experience love. One lonely day in Jeju, she declares confidently that she no longer likes him and decided to leave him. He too leaves Korea having a heavy pang in his heart.
She had tried every trick to get over this curse that she had, having almost 12 ex-boyfriends. Till one day, when she finds a guy, Joon Soo, who offers to be her test man and help her determine whether the fault lies in her or the men she has dated. 3 years later, he comes back to find her with another man, and this time he hopes to face his feelings and not let his past overshadow him. (MyDramaList)
The backstory took up quite a bit of the story-telling at the beginning. But once we pushed past that, I could finally see the main themes of this drama finally falling into place – valuing your own self-worth, having the confidence to take those necessary leaps in life, and above all, communication being a key component of relationships. These story elements not only relevant to our main leads, but to the circle of friends that surround them as well. How will all these characters move forward in life? I’m curious to find out!
Shin Ye Eun, from He Is Psychometric and Meow, the Secret Boy, plays our leading lady Kyung Woo Young. She is cute, and earnest, and a talented writer and calligrapher. But as her mother frequently reminds her, liberal arts majors don’t get steady jobs or make much money. Between being a part-timer and utter failure in her love life, Woo Young’s confidence is lacking and her self-esteem in the gutter. I’ll admit I was torn. On the one hand, I wanted to cheer her on for refusing to be a boring office worker for the rest of her life. But on the other hand, her drinking habits are sooooo embarrassing. Please, the drunken phone calls have to stop!!
Ong Seong Wu’s character, Lee Soo, has suffered some trauma during his childhood and because of this, he has stuffed his emotions in a box, slapped on a lock, and thrown away the key. He’s a loner and his one and only friend is the girl he loves – but of course he can’t actually tell her that. He teases one minute and protects her the next. Knowing his background, I can see why Lee Soo acting out the way he is, so I’m trying to be patient. But I’m kind of struggling with this form of passive-aggressive behavior.
Kim Dong Jun plays publishing company president Joon Soo. Here’s a man who’s learned from his past and isn’t going to make the same mistakes twice. He’s not afraid to be upfront and honest, he’s sweet and kind, and his visuals give me Park Bo Gum vibes. You can practically see his halo and wings – he’s the perfect second lead! Can Woo Young really move past her first love and accept his attention, or will we all be left to suffer from SLS??
I also enjoyed the eclectic group of friends that have surrounded Woo Young since high school. It was a delight to see P.O. (from Block B) playing one of those friends! He brings some sunshine and cheerfulness to the mix.
Admittedly this drama took me a full four episodes to really be on board with, but I am there. I enjoy a good friends-to-lovers style story and beneath the middle school style bickering, I see our OTP’s chemistry heating up. Fingers crossed that this story doesn’t disappoint.
There are a LOT of new shows coming out right now – will More Than Friends find a coveted spot on your drama plate?? Drop down to the comments and let me know!
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