You're Beautiful


Reviewed by: tearfulheart

December 16, 2009

Rating: five

*WARNING: May contain spoilers!*

The Cast
A.N.JELL
Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung
Park Shin Hye as Go Mi Nam (Male)/Go Mi Nyu (Female)
Lee Hong Ki as Jeremy/Kang On Yu
Jung Yong Hwa as Kang Shin Woo

Extended Cast
UEE as Yoo He Yi
Bae Geu Rin as Sa Yu Ri (Fan club president)
Kim In Kwon as Ma Hoon Yi (Mi Nam's manager)
Choi Ran as Choi Mi Ja (Mi Nam & Mi Nyu's aunt)
Kim Sung Ryung as Mo Hwa Ran (Tae Kyung's Mother)
Jung Chan as President Ahn
Choi Soo Eun as Wang Kko Di (Coordinator Wang)
Yoo Seung Ho (cameo, ep9)

Synopsis
A.N.JELL is popular idol group in Korea, the group initially consists of Hwang Tae Kyung (Jang Geun Suk), Kang Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa) and Jeremy (Lee Hong Ki). Tae Kyung is the leader of the group, as well as a composer, but his vocals are slightly lacking which prompted President Ahn (Jung Chan) to look for an additional member. President Ahn decided that Go Mi Nam (Park Shin Hye) would be the best candidate in entering the group.

Go Mi Nyu, Go Mi Nam's twin, is a sister-in-training. At the beginning of the drama she was about to travel to Rome to become a nun. However, she came across Manager Ma (Kim In Kwon) who tells her that her brother has been accepted by Korea's top group but has difficulty in going back to Korea as he is currently in the States undergoing surgery to correct his previous plastic surgery procedure. He pleads with her to fill in for her brother until he returns. Mi Nyu reluctantly promises remembering about her brother's dream to become an established singer in order to find their long-lost mother.

The rest of the drama displays the love triangles; Tae Kyun-Min Nyu-Shin Woo-Jeremy and Min Nyu-Tae Kyung-Yoo He Yi (UEE), along with Tae Kyung's impassive relationship with his mother, Mo Hwa Ran (Kim Sung Ryung), who was also a famous singer in the past. Who will Go Mi Nyu choose in the end? Will she be exposed for pretending to be a guy? Will she learn more about her mother?

Storyline Evaluation
I loved the plot! It was extremely well written; emotional and witty. The various parodies throughout the drama were pure genius, never failing to crack me up. My favourite would probably be the parody of Girls' Generation's Tell Me Your Wish; seeing the guys dressed up in wigs in heels was enough to keep me laughing for the rest of the day. There was not a single lacklustre scene, I found myself being drawn into the series wanting more when an episode was about to end. I was saddened by the fact the drama was so short! I will definitely be waiting for a part two of the series. The ratings were disappointing and did not justify the spirit of the drama, however, it was quite popular online.

Character Portrayal
Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung
I could not imagine any other actor as Hwang Tae Kyung other than Jang Geun Suk, it's a perfect cast! His acting is so natural it's hard to believe that he is still quite young (22). His expressions are hilarious and his crying scene was so touching, I really did cry with him. I have especially grown fond of his way of saying "Go Mi Nam", it makes me melt each time, yes, I think I have fallen for Tae Kyung myself. Not to mention, this guy can sing! He has such a lovely, heart warming voice and I have the songs sang by him on the soundtrack on repeat. The guy is multi-talented – he can act, sing, model, MC and look good at the same time. The numerous hairstyles he sported throughout the drama would have probably looked ridiculous on any other actor, yet he still managed to pull off each one. I'm not feeling the 'guyliner' too much, because Geun Suk is beautiful as he is, he does not need all that make up, but yet again like with his hairstyles and his outfits in the series, he managed to pull it off.
Performance rating: 10/10

Park Shin Hye as Go Mi Nam (Male)/Go Mi Nyu (Female)
Park Shin Hye plays an extremely cute and lovable character. She is sweet natured, selfless but at the same time something misfortunate always seems to happen to her. Park Shin Hye looks really cute in this drama and her acting is very natural. Her crying scenes weren't too forced as is the case for some actresses and it did not annoy me either, rather I felt her emotion of her tears. She looked really cute in her boyish haircut and very sophisticated when she was made up as a girl. She also amazed me in her rendition of 'Without Saying', when she first sang it I did not realise it was actually her singing. A beautiful song and Park Shin Hye did a great job!
Performance rating: 10/10

Lee Hong Ki as Jeremy/Kang On Yu
Lee Hong Ki portrayed the playful Jeremy and out of the actors his performance shocked me the most, it was his first main role in a series and it was not what I was expecting. He did extremely well for a newcomer in the acting scene, his scenes always made me laugh, especially in the parts where he was worried about falling for Go Mi Nam as a guy, it reminded me a lot of Gong Yoo's character in Coffee Prince. Lee Hong Ki's haircuts in the first half of the series looked really good on him but I could not say the same for his haircut later on the series. I am sure I don't need to mention about Lee Hong Ki's singing because any fan of Kpop would know it's ridiculously good!
Performance rating: 8/10

Jung Yong Hwa as Kang Shin Woo
Another newcomer and when he first appeared in the series, I remembered thinking, 'Wow! He is hot!', I still think that. I liked Yong Hwa's character, a mature, romantic and charming guy and I pitied him whenever he attempted to reveal his feelings for Mi Nam and was rejected each time. Although I liked his character, I felt the chemistry with Shin Woo and Mi Nam lacked, it was pretty much a one-sided love as Mi Nam had never fallen for Shin Woo, albeit, thankful for his support. Seeing as it was his first time acting, Yong Hwa's performance wasn't too shabby, but I did find his expressions a bit emotionless at times.
Performance rating: 6/10

UEE as Yoo He Yi
I am sure most people who watched this series hated UEE's character. She plays a bitchy, jealous and childish actress who tries to ruin Mi Nam's career and relationship with the other A.N.JELL members. UEE needs to work on her expressions more, her face was stony most of the time but her performance was still decent.
Performance rating: 7/10

Favourite Scenes (I have a lot):
- 'Toilet scene' in first episode when Mi Nam was trying to hide away from Tae Kyung. Tae Kyung's reaction was hilarious;
- 'Shower scene' in episode two where Mi Nam had escape from the guys' changing rooms;
- 'Sexy scene' with Mi Nam and Jeremy in the third episode when Jeremy starts hallucinating;
- Fourth episode when Jeremy asks Tae Kyung what sort of person he likes if he doesn't like Yoo He Yi but Tae Kyung is distracted by how Mi Nam is eating;
- Fifth episode, first time Tae Kyung sees Mi Nam dressed up as a girl and he keeps looking at her up and down;
- 'The imaginary bed scenes'; watch the NGs and the behind the scenes and you will understand why;
- 'Fearless auntie' grabbing onto Tae Kyung's butt no once, but TWICE! Poor Tae Kyung, scarred for life;
- 'Window scene' when He Yi tried to write something on the glass to get Tae Kyung's attention but makes a spelling error;
- The second time Tae Kyung sees Mi Nam as a girl and gets angry because he thinks she's leaving the group for good and the expression on his face after he realises he's mistaken;
- Tae Kyung throwing Yoo He Yi's shoe in the river;
- Tell Me Your Wish parody at the end of episode six;
- The infamous 'pig chase scene' – just watch it, you won't regret it;
- Mi Nam singing 'Without Saying' thinking about Tae Kyung;
- 'Leaves scene' when Tae Kyung and Mi Nam are acting for Mi Nam's music video;
- Tae Kyung's crying scene at the end of episode eight;
- Mi Nam trying to comfort Tae Kyung by hugging him;
- The entrance of pig-rabbit!;
- The scene when Tae Kyung demands to know Mi Nam's favourite colour;
- Tae Kyung's expressions when eating the limes;
- The aftermath of Tae Kyung and Mi Nam's second kiss in episode thirteen;
- When Tae Kyung realises the significance of the piggy nose and who it's for;
- Mi Nam giving Tae Kyung a 100 for how much she likes him and his reaction;
- Tae Kyung finally telling Mi Nam he likes her and Mi Nam's reactions later on; and
- Tae Kyung and Mi Nam's third kiss when she thought he was about to punch her.

Summary
This is one of the best Korean dramas I have watched in 2009, I'm having trouble picking my favourite out of this, Boys Over Flowers and Queen Seon Duk. A well written script with well portrayed characters, hilarious scenes and lovable characters, it's a must watch! I would definitely recommend this series.

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