Monday, June 10, 2013

Can't Lose Review (2011)

Drama Rating: *****
Personal Rating: All time favourite!!

Lee Eun Jae and Yun Hyung Woo, both lawyers, happen to meet as strangers at a stadium and unexpectedly hit it off. Romantic sparks fly in every which direction and within a few weeks, the two are married and working as partners at the Hope law firm. Slowly though, as the two find out more about one another, their arguments and disagreements deepen, ultimately leading to divorce proceedings. Will they be able to work out their differences or will they end up going their separate ways?

*Spoiler warning*

As the drama focused primarily on the on and off relationship between two main characters, this was an unusually touching and human drama. Scenes were generally very entertaining regardless of whether it was an argument between Eun Jae and Hyung Woo or a venting session with friends. Timely side stories involving the supporting cast were wonderfully interwoven into the drama giving the story some extra spice. Aside from some minor scenes where the writing felt a little weak, the script was very well done indeed.

Choi Ji Woo and Yoon Sang Hyun were a perfect pair for the roles of Lee Eun Jae and Yun Hyung Woo. Their chemistry was amazing (almost as good as Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won in Secret Garden) and their interactions were truly a delight to watch. The supporting cast was top notch as well, providing plenty of humor and laughter. And while there were some instances where the script felt a little unusual or awkward, the seasoned cast easily hid those weaknesses with their strong performances.

Th original soundtrack for this drama was very well adapted to this series. Light, fluffy tunes full of airiness were used in very comedic situations and more serious melodies were used when called for. The singing portion by Yoon Sang Hyun was very memorable and uber sweet - a great addition to the scene. Generally, the musical direction for the series was excellent.

I'm not sure why the ratings for this drama were so low but this drama certainly stands out as one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a while. The acting was top notch, the writing was first class and the drama just gave off a very positive and uplifting vibe despite all the bickering and travails. By the end of the series, you'll have fallen in love with the characters and wishing the drama didn't have to end!

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