Bear with me, folks. I need to rave about this drama.
Revolutionary Love (2017) is the story of a pampered good-for-nothing third-generation heir, Byun Hyuk* (played by Choi Siwon) who is cut off from his family after causing too much trouble (mostly through misunderstandings) and has to — gasp — work for a living. Through a nifty twist of Fate, he meets Baek Joon (Kang Sora), a girl trying to make ends meet with part-time jobs. As their worlds collide and he falls head over heels in love with her, he grows out of his sheltered, privileged existence to take charge of his life.
*The name Byun Hyuk means “revolution” in Korean, thus the title Revolutionary Love.
It sounds like a recycled plot, but there’s a lot to appreciate about this rendition that makes it seem completely original and addictive. Nine episodes in and I AM CRAZY IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOW.
Hot male lead notwithstanding (Choi Siwon, you are such a bias wrecker. Stop being so beautiful. No – stop smiling like that. GO AWAY), this seemingly lighthearted rom-com actually has:
- Great main characters with complex backstories
- A lovable cast of supporting characters
- Intricately woven plot and character entanglements
Fateful meetings! Power play! Betrayals! Double agents!
- Intense conflict and a plot that unfurls at breakneck speed
- Uproarious moments that make you cry with laughter
- WTH dialogue that also make you snort with laughter
- Heartbreaking moments when you hurt together with the characters
- Detestable villains
So you don’t feel bad for seeing them ruined.
- Character transformation, i.e. well drawn-out character arcs
- Did I mention that Siwon also does FANTASTIC expressions?
This goofball may have topped the list for the Most Handsome Faces of Kpop, but he’s not also called the king of derp for no reason:
- Still, he can turn on the charm when he wants to:
- Fluffy moments and great chemistry between the leads
- And last but not least, a pretty, infectious soundtrack that puts you in a soppy, giddily happy mood
BRB, off to drama-land!