Excellent! I’m so glad that I checked it out despite my fear of the subject matter. But though it starts out with the focus on abuse and it serves as the catalyst for what happens, it really is kept in the background – never forgotten but certainly not front and centre either.
What was amazing in this drama was the way they explored every aspect of what it truly means to be a mother and for that matter what it means to be a daughter as well. The different relationships were so realistic and so human, so heartwrenching… I adored the every scene between mother and child – every one so nuanced… I’m not surprised that it’s already winning awards!
#mother #heo-yul #lee-bo-young #lee-hye-young
I’ve watched up to episode six and it’s been quite the ride! Since this is a remake of a Japanese drama by the same name you are probably already familiar with the storyline. I wasn’t and I would normally not want to watch a story of a child being abused but I wanted to see Lee Bo-young again so I went ahead.
After I’d watched the first episode I honestly had to force myself to continue. I felt so sad… so unsettled… so cowardly…, but the little girl is just awesome and cute as a button. I just needed to know that she was going to have someone on her side to take her away from her private nightmare.
I think the abusive pair are well cast; the mother who cares more about keeping her boyfriend happy than her own daughter (and this actor is doing a great job of giving me the creeps, he doesn’t say that much and of course the abuse is not shown, only the implications and results, but I don’t really want to see him on screen, especially because he’s evil AND cunning).
Lee Bo-young is doing what she does very well… playing the detached and wounded woman with lots of baggage who, though she tries, cannot turn her face from the child’s suffering and decides to takes her away. Watching all the trials and tribulations that come their way as they attempt to find a solution while evading authorities is awesome. Watching them bond is beautiful. She needs this child as much as the child needs her. As new characters are introduced we can start to get a glimpse of what turned her into this lonely soul while at the same time we have many more questions that we need answers to.
It will definitely be interesting to see how all the pieces come together. It’s defintely not easy to one to watch though not as bad as I anticipated after the first episode… these are the kind of characters who normally would benefit from a good counsellor in real life!!
Why did I choose a drama which wasn’t completely available??? I thought it was since I knew that it was finished already. This is not a good thing..why? Because I was already nodding off as I’ve watched the latest episodes..forcing me to take a break from my viewing is very dangerous because I might not return..lol.
It’s a shame really. It’s got all the elements and factors to ensure a good drama but..as I mentioned before..it pales compared to Punch. I have yet to connect to any of these characters. I know it just won’t happen. At the end of the day I just don’t find myself at the edge of my seat rooting for the good guys, some scenes I watch and I say to myself, hmm… I should be really blown away by this, but I’m not. My head appreciates the twists that are thrown in and the snippy dialogue but my heart is never really involved. Total contrast to Punch where I bit my nails continuously and couldn’t stop crying for days..which is why I can’t make myself watch it again!! I think the lead actor was amazing and knew just how to bring life to his character, didn’t mean he deserved to be liked, but he could never be ignored.
Anyway..it’s not the worse drama out there but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it either, even if I haven’t seen the ending.
You know that feeling you get when something feels so familiar and it nags at you and you just can’t place it? Well as I watched (I’m up to the end of Ep 10 right now) that’s what I was feeling..the feel..the writing style…all felt like I’d seen it before..in Punch so I finally looked it up and of course! Punch is written by the same writer…..I’ve never had that experience before though..where I can identify the style of the writer.
Now I loved Punch; it was an awesome experience and very draining by the nature of the subject matter… by the ups and downs of the action… by the resolution of things at the end… by the sheer cruelty of some scenes. I honestly don’t know when I will be up to seeing it again but it was amazing. The absolute star was our “hero” who wasn’t the classic hero at all, but who I was rooting for every second. I loved his drive, his intelligence, his ambition, his courage… and the reason I bring him up is that I don’t feel the same way for our hero in Whisper. It feels like an imitation of the real thing.
The template of the plot is the same – one minute the good guys win, the next minute the bad guys are on top. The characters are sharply written, flawed, neither black or white, but very credible and the very flaws give us a reason to connect with them – even the heroes are multi-faceted while at the same time still being obviously bad – no conscience to hamper them at all.
Punch never bothered with romance (at least it flirted in the background); here we have a different scenario but for some reason I don’t connect with them as a couple, They work well together as the fighting duo but any hint of the personal and it becomes awkward – maybe that will change towards the end but since we’re half way there I don’t expect much. Of course I wasn’t really watching this for the romance so it’s not a huge flaw. The action is still tension filled and you keep waiting for the next twist to be revealed… it almost feels like the last man standing will be the one who just happens to have the most tricks. I have faith that good will win over evil but the fun part is figuring out how!
Since this is Lee Bo Young’s return drama I was curious as to her choice..also it was interesting that she was paired off with Lee Sang Yoon whom she’d worked with in My Daughter Seo Young (which I loved!). I thought she was perfect as the cold, reserved, damaged heroine who was slowly thawed by his love… New roles for each of them here; she is a fired detective who is out to get her innocent father out of jail and he is a judge who starts out with a conscience but because of circumstances makes choices which leads to them being serious adversaries.
I’ve only seen the first 2 episodes – they’ve been quite intense and I won’t lie that I sighed at the usual big business corruption but many of my favourite characters are here and that’s a good thing. Right now the poor man is under pressure from all sides, including our heroine who is blackmailing him into helping her as she desperately tries to get her father out. We have no idea why the baddies are intent on keeping him IN – especially when it’s so much easier to bump him off… lol… but so far it’s been interesting – she looks great and ready for battle, and so does he so I can’t wait until they join forces…