With Jang Kiyong, Chae Soobin and Krystal in the lead roles Sweet And Sour had everything going for it but sadly the script lets them down.
Welcome to another episode of “Lina wonders how this script was made into a movie and wasn’t left in the drawer.” Honestly, how are some of these scripts even approve and at that by Netflix. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve seen this movie and I am still mad about it. Like I want the two hours back I wasted watching this mess of a movie. I am currently watching Jang Kiyong in My Roommate is A Gumiho, which is uhh interesting? But I am blessed with his face weekly at least, I have missed him since watching him in Search:WWW (highly recommend this drama btw). So I was pretty hype to see him in a movie alongside Krystal and Soobin. Welp, turns out that’s all the movie has going for itself.
Sweet And Sour synopsis via AsianWiki: Jang Hyeok (Jang Ki-Yong) is in a romantic relationship with Jung Da-Eun (Chae Soo-Bin), who works as a nurse. When they first started to date, Jang Hyeok was a sweet boyfriend to Jung Da-Eun, but he is not anymore. Meanwhile, Jang Hyeok begins to work as a temporary worker for a large company. He tries to get a permanent position at the company. This places Jang Hyeok in a competitive position with Han Bo-Yeong (Krystal), who also wants the same job. Jang Hyeok and Han Bo-Yeong also cooperate with each other and, as they work together, they get closer.
Basically this is a movie about a dude being a douche and cheating. Well, technically not really but still cheating. My pet peeve. You lose me the moment you try to romanticize cheating. I absolutely hate how much it is done in K-Dramas it makes my blood boil. So I will try to keep from getting too worked up and keeping this review short.
First of all, no one in this cast is likeable. Daeun has her moments and she is dealing but I still couldn’t identify with her. Hyeok is a big fat D and Boyeong was giving me barely anything. I am not entirely sure what the movie was trying to tell me. It was dry the entire time, and it tried to have this big plottwist at the end but it was not doing it for me. It was like so wishy washy trying to make the entire story more meaningful than it actually was and it felt out of place.
Frankly, Sweet And Sour gets off on a great start and has a bit of humor included but the movie drags oooon, making me try to root for an unlikable man doing douche-y things and mistreating woman. I also have no idea what that cleaning man in the company at night was? So random. The movie basically is trying to seem deeper than it is and the ending is just a let down and even their attempt at saving it.
Time wasted, a talented cast wasted. The script should have never left the writers desk. The end.
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