k-drama · Review

Our Beloved Summer – Makes You Feel Loved, Hurt, And Understood

Our Beloved Summer is the unexpected comfort drama that had us excited for each week it was airing. Choi Woo-shik, Kim Dami, and Kim Sungchul made for a fun and engaging trio.

Oh my god, y’all I have no idea why I loved this drama so much but I am absolutely devastated that I am finished with it…Our Beloved Summer has accompanied me through this awful second half of the semester and I have no idea how I will replace it. I have to admit this drama completely snuck up on me as I just started it mid of my k-drama slump after I put 80% of all of my shows on hold because I just wasn’t feeling them at all. Our Beloved Summer looked soft and very soothing and even if I was a bit iffy about Kim Dami, I was ready for my heart to be healed. But more on that in a second.

Our Beloved Summer summary via MDL: Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera — and into each other’s lives. Choi Woong seems naive and a free-spirited man, but he wants to have something for the first time in his life. For that, he shows what he holds in his mind. Kook Yeon Soo aimed to become the top student at her school, but she is now an adult who lives fiercely, adapting to her reality.

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Well, I have to say Woong and Yeonsoo make such a loveable pairing, I think this has a lot to do with Wooshik and Dami having a tremendous amount of chemistry, I never expected it but these two work really well together. I absolutely loved how each episode had the title of another famous romance movie and how they incorporated the theme of them into every single episode! The way this drama was shot was super pleasing to the eye as well. Not only did Our Beloved Summer have amazing colors and cinematography but the story itself had a lot to give.

Our Beloved Summer is about two people being imperfectly perfect for each other and seeing them grow from their high school selfs into the adults they are was very well done. I really liked their story and how healthy their relationship actually becomes as adults (lets ignore the last episode). The way they find their way back to each other is so natural and well paced. My heart was completely in it! The acting on both of their accounts was also really good! I couldn’t not like Yeonsoo and Woong and completely cheer for them. The way they incorporated the documentary filming as well was such a cool way to tell this story.

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I also loved the bromance between Woong and Ji Woong even if we lost it a bit towards the end there. All three participants of our lovely love triangle (still not an actual triangle why do we call it that, also I am tired of that trope) are all quite tragic and lost people but they all grow into their own (Well not JiWoong that much but yes), and confront each other about it. Though I wish there had been a bit more confrontation between Woong and Ji Woong but oh well. I hope Ji Woong gets his happy ending as well because thankfully Our Beloved Summer gave us all the cheese there towards the end for our main couple.

To finish this off let me say, I really liked how the ending wrapped everything up (even if it was a bit rushed) even Woong’s family secret was addressed which I at first was afraid they would be just ignoring without giving us closure about it. Also why does Kim Dami hate kissing on camera? I think we all remember the absolutely traumatising Itaewon Class kiss and Our Beloved Summer‘s kisses are much better but she always looks like she is just hating even thinking about an on screen kiss. Someone stop making her do them if she hates them *shivers.* I wonder what is happening with her there and her acting. But she played by far a much more likeable character in Our Beloved Summer than the ones I have seen her play before, so… yes.

Well, as I said before I really enjoyed Our Beloved Summer in its entirety, from beginning to end it gave me my well deserved peace of mind every week. Our Beloved Summer was my little escape and the messages this drama had were really nice. And the ending was so, so satisfying. Thank you dear writer for giving us this ending and not an open one!

P.S: Why did Yeonsoo just not go to Paris?!

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