Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Manners… maketh… man.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to the previous movie Kingsman: The Secret Service which was out in 2014. It was produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, distributed by 20th Century Fox. The story follows the surviving members of Kingsman, Eggsy and Merlin to team up with another spy organization in America, the Statesman to save the world again from another threat.

In my opinion, this movie is quite disappointing compared to the previous movie, considering this sequel is one of the most awaited movie of the year. The plot itself is shallow and predictable, though I did enjoy the comedy and action. If we could see Eggsy’s personality is growing in the first movie, then in this sequel there’s almost no character development. For that kind of plot, I do think that the duration of the movie is overly long. Not to mention that I wasn’t very fond of the idea of the character who’s been presumed death came back to life just like that. It was too easy and he sure had a very good luck there. On the other hand, I didn’t see the point why Merlin had to die while Harry is alive. But maybe, we can see Merlin’s alive on the third movie? Who knows.

If in the first movie I was in awe by Taron Egerton’s action, I felt like in this movie his skill is rather lacking. In the end of the first movie he could successfully finish his mission without too much trouble, but in the sequel, he couldn’t even take down agent Tequila alone. In addition, at the final fight against agent Whiskey, both Galahads seemed quite troubled even when the fight was 2 against 1. And then, in my opinion, killing people by throwing them into a beef mincer isn’t necessary. Honestly I think it wasn’t funny and very disgusting.

When I watched the trailer, I thought Channing Tatum will play a significant role in this sequel. I expected him to be Eggsy’s partner from the Statesman on the mission. It turned out that he didn’t. The bigger role was given to the Pedro Pascal instead. So maybe it was counted as a plot twist? However I’m not gonna complain on that because actually I was waiting for Pascal’s role on the movie. I was interested in him since his acting on Game of Thrones. And I wasn’t disappointed, he’s a good actor and he’s best for portraying laid back playboy like agent Whiskey.

I might sound like I complained a lot regarding this sequel, but the truth is I still enjoying it. The comedy, especially on the scenes with sir Elton John, oh my God, it was hilarious! I can’t forget how Elton John performed side kick with those high heels on. When I first see Elton John’s name on the list, I didn’t expect him to act like that, so I could say it was a surprise and it’s a good thing. I also love Taron Egerton’s British accent very much! I wish I could speak English like that.

Overall, it was an enjoyable movie, though it’s lacking on the plot and character development. Happy watching!

Dunkirk (2017)

“What do you see?” | “Home.”

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Dunkirk is a 2017 war film distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and directed by Christopher Nolan. Set in 1940s during the World War II, the movie told a story of Dunkirk evacuation. After Nazi invaded France, thousands of British soldiers retreated to the seaside city of Dunkirk, waiting for evacuation. The movie’s narrative covers three different periods of time. The beginning occurs on land and covering one week, then on sea covering one day, and the last occurs on the air covering one hour.

In my opinion, this movie is another masterpiece from Nolan. The movie was intense and breathtaking from the start. Even with so little dialogue, viewers are still drawn into the movie thanks to the combination of amazing cinematography, great scoring, and the acting of the casts.

But if you see the movie from the story development perspective, it might seem quite flat, because the whole movie itself is already the climax of the event. So it felt like everything happened so fast from the beginning. I really like how few scenes were repeated, but shot from different perspective. It was like the movie is a messed up puzzle and those scenes completed the missing pieces.

I’m not a fan of war movies, but I can’t deny that this movie was a great one. I even find myself enjoying every bit of it. So I think this movie deserves to be nominated for Oscar.

Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

“If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” – Tony Stark to Peter Parker

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One of the most anticipated movie from Marvel’s superheroes is out this month. Getting high rating from both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes has proven that this movie is a big hit. Personally, I like the talkative Spiderman better like this one rather than the gloomy-looking one from the previous franchises, especially the Amazing Spiderman. Tom Holland did a great job portraying a teenager who is desperate to prove himself capable of fighting the bad guys.

If I don’t remember it wrong, the movie is set eight years after Avengers: Age of Ultron, is it really that long since Avengers’ timeline until the Civil War? I thought Civil War was started not too long after Avengers. I don’t know if it’s only me or the timeline is really off. Yet in this movie Peter Parker was even younger than Peter Parker from Amazing Spiderman including aunt May. But I was wondering where’s uncle Ben? He was just briefly mentioned in the movie but there’s no explanation what’s happened to him. So I conclude that maybe he already died long before, not to mention that this movie is not about the beginning of the Spiderman but rather continuation from Captain America: Civil Wars from Peter Parker’s point of view.

I like how the scenes were well balanced between action and humor. The best part was the final battle, when Spiderman was fighting Vulture wearing his self-made suit instead of the suit given by the Iron Man. Because honestly I don’t like that suit, it’s so equipped with the advanced technology that it became more like Iron Man wearing Spiderman suit rather than the original Spiderman. The suit even has its own AI like Jarvis called Karen. So it really was satisfying to see the final battle was won by Spiderman using his own strength even though his self-made suit looked like pajamas instead of battle suit :))

Just like any other Marvel’s movies, this movie also has two post-credit scenes. But the second scene was the best so far. It’s nothing like sneak-peak for the next movie but instead I think it was intended for trolling us. Because they know people would always wait till the very end for Marvel’s movies and definitely fall for the trap. Good job for that one, Marvel!

Descendants of the Sun (2016)

Between love, country, and responsibilities.

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Title: 태양의 후예 / Descendants of the Sun

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Action, Melodrama

Main Cast(s):

Number of Episode(s): 16 + 3 special

Plot:

Yoo Si-Jin is the captain of South Korean Special Forces unit. When he caught a motorcycle thief along with Sergeant Seo Dae-young, the thief got injured and is sent to the hospital. It was the hospital where Si-jin met Kang Mo-yeon for the first time, when he and Seo Dae-young tried to retrieve Dae-young’s cellphone which had stolen by the thief before. Si-jin immediately falls in love with Mo-yeon. Soon, they began dating. But due to their jobs, their date was not going smoothly. Si-jin received order to lead his team on a mission to Urk and Mo-yeon failed to become a professor. When both of them meet again, they talked about how different they are and decided to break up. On the other hand, relationship of Seo Dae-young and Myung-ju is not going well either because Myung-ju’s father disapproval of them.

Eight months later, four of them are reunited in Urk. Si-jin and Mo-yeon are falling in love with each other again. They officially start dating after Mo-yeon accidentally confessed her feelings to Si-jin. As for the second couple they finally can be together after so many ups and downs. Back in Korea, both couple still continue their relationship until Si-jin and his team are sent on a mission where both Si-jin and Dae-young went missing and assumed to be dead. Few months later, it is revealed that Si-jin and Dae-young are still alive after being rescued by a North Korean soldier whom Si-jin saved in earlier episode.

Review:

I originally wanted to watch this drama after it finished airing in Korea, so I don’t have to go through the torture of waiting for the next episode. But since my friends often talk about how good this drama is, my curiosity wins. And really, I had no regrets. This drama is one of the best drama ever. I really liked how the drama has unique background story (military combined with medical) that no other drama has. This drama is not just depending of its famous actor/actress, but it really has interesting story which packed with a balanced amount of humor and thriller. Few scenes can make you laugh out loud while the others can make you hold your breath and even crying (especially near the final episode). Not only the lead actor/actress(s) have great acting, but the other supporting roles also have awesome acting skill. It was as if they were chosen to play that role. I would also say this drama has the best original soundtrack ever! There’s no other drama soundtrack which can make me listen to it for weeks without getting bored. Even now, I’m still not over the soundtrack.

To be honest, when there’s a rumor that this drama will have a sad ending made me scared. I don’t want a sad ending for my favorite drama, and I think everyone who loves this drama will think the same too. But after watching the final episode, I feel like it might be better to leave the drama end on the 14th episode where Si-jin and Dae-young are assumed to be dead. With that, the viewers may be on rage, but the drama will leave a huge impact on the viewer. Because in my opinion, the happy ending offered by the story writer is not really satisfying and somewhat forced. But I’m still relieved it does end in happy ending, surely I couldn’t bear the tears if it ends in sad ending. Overall, this is a super recommended drama and really really worth to watch. Don’t forget to listen to the original soundtrack as well, you definitely will like it.

The K2 (2016)

What would you do to protect the most important thing in your life?

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Title: 더 케이투 / The K2

Genre: Action, Romance, Melodrama, Politics

Main Cast(s): 

Number of Episode(s): 16

Plot:

Kim Je-ha is a former mercenary soldier for Blackstone. While in Iraq, he gets framed for murder of a civilian named Raniya who is also his fiancee. As a result, he runs away and becomes a fugitive. He eventually returns to South Korea and initially is an enemy of Choi Yoo-jin, the wife of the presidential candidate Jang Se-joon. But later on, he agrees to work as a bodyguard on JSS Security Company owned by Yoo-jin. By accepting the job, he will get information he needs regarding his revenge on another presidential candidate, Park Kwan-soo, who previously ordered the killing of Raniya. In the meantime, Je-ha gets assigned to guard Go Anna, the hidden daughter of Jang Se-joon, whose life is always threatened because of Yoo-jin, her stepmother. Anna, who is lonely all her life, starts relying on Je-ha, who shows concern for her and protects her at all costs. They slowly fall in love with each other, which makes Je-ha torn between having to work with Yoo-jin, in order to get his revenge and at the same time he must protect Anna against Yoo-jin.

Review:

My first impression of this drama is that the story development is quite slow at the beginning but kinda rushed towards the end. Go Anna character, which supposed to be one of the main leads, didn’t even appear much on the first three episodes. In my opinion, they served too many fights at the beginning to show off our protagonist, Kim Je-ha’s capabilities in fighting. Je-ha’s relationship with Anna was also developed quite fast too, despite their lack of interaction in the beginning of the drama. I do like their awkward but cute moments together though, it was fun to watch. You cannot resist to go ‘aww’ looking at how they treat each other. But even though Je-ha began relationship with Anna, I feel like he has deeper and complicated relationship instead with our star, Choi Yoo-jin. Honestly, relationship between Je-ha and Yoo-jin was more interesting to watch because it was so full of emotion.

I think that Choi Yoo-jin character was shining brighter than the rest of the main leads. She was the most human of them all. She was a witch indeed, but I do understand that she needs to be strong in order to protect what she already had. Imagine that in her position, she acted all weak and soft, her enemy would crush her right away. She was strong until the end, and every time she appeared on screen, I feel moved by her emotion. Whether it is her jealousy, anger, or sadness. Without Yoo-jin, this drama would be just an ordinary action romance drama. So I think Song Yoon-ah did a superb acting as Choi Yoo-jin.

I like Je-ha’s character too, but I think he was too strong like a Superman who has nine lives. It was like almost impossible to kill him as if he wasn’t human. I feel that his character started to not make sense from 10th episode where he has to fight the enemies in the middle of poisonous gas without mask at all. How is that possible even for the greatest mercenary ever? Did he hold his breath when fighting that hard? Even so, I still love to watch him fight as hard as he can. Ji Chang-wook nailed it as Je-ha.

As for Anna’s character, I just cannot love her as much as I love Yoo-jin’s character. In my opinion, her character wasn’t developed very well. She was too weak, all she can do was crying, got kidnapped, or fooled by other character. I understand that she was kept hidden for so many years with the slightest interaction with other people, but maybe I just can’t tolerate her innocence. Isn’t there something brave or useful that she can do besides being a damsel in distress every time?

For Jang Se-joon character, well he’s the least character that I had interest on. I feel that he’s too weak as a man. He was relying too much on Yoo-jin. For many years that he had lived with Yoo-jin, can’t he be a bit smarter to act by himself? It’s true that he was made as a puppet by Yoo-jin, but he should do something or plan something to break free from Yoo-jin. In the end, it was still Je-ha who gave him an escape plan.

Another character who caught my eye was Secretary Kim. Her loyalty to Yoo-jin deserved a standing applause. She was a strong woman who will do anything for Yoo-jin to the extend of killing people, just like what she did to Je-ha and Anna. Her final scene with Chairman Choi was also satisfying. What a way to teach a person a lesson.

Even though the ending was quite rushed, but watching the final episode was giving me a roller coaster ride of feelings. Yoo-jin’s ending was the best. She finally could rest in peace as she felt happy dying in the arm of the man she might still love. That expression of relieved in her face was really peaceful. And what’s with so many kisses that Je-ha and Anna had during the epilogue narration? It was so sweet and cute that it made me blush. But I was quite disappointed that until the end, Je-ha’s real name wasn’t revealed. Overall with its plus and minus, it was an addicting drama to watch.