Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Fashion King Review
I'll make this simple. Don't watch it. Even if you love Yoo Ah In or Lee Je Hoon, or even Shin Se Kyung. Don't watch this drama. Seriously.
You want more? Really? Well, if you're still reading, I'll go on. There will be spoilers.
This drama should really have been called Fashion Train Wreck. Basically that's what it was. The leads were constantly unlikable, the plot was crazy (and not in a good way), and the "fashion"—oh the fashion. *Shudders*
I mean, I know kdramas like to push the envelope when it comes to fashion—I believe they think they are being "cutting edge"—but Fashion King took the edge, beat it completely out of shape, Jackson Pollocked the crap out of it, dropped it in acid (I think the costumer was dropping acid too, btw), and then beat us over the head with it. I think there should be a class action lawsuit against this drama for collective retinal scarring.
Anyway, the writing is bad. The only reason you root for Young Gul is because of his sad childhood and his determination to succeed. However, he is a terrifying person, and I just wanted Ga Young to run away from both him and Jae Hyuk, who is even scarier. But then, I didn't really like her that much, either. I just don't like abusive relationships.
When I reached the end of this drama, I hated everyone and everything in it. (Okay, I almost liked Anna.) But I still wanted an ending that brought some kind of resolution and happiness to someone. Then there was the whole shoot-Young-Gul-in-the-penthouse-pool thing, and I asked myself "What in the freak just happened?!?" (Yeah, Kid History rocks!) What kind of an ending was that?! No explanation of who the shooter was, why Young Gul was shot (so many people could have hired a hit man, including me), or why he was wading in his pool with a white fur coat on! Seriously, what was the point of the fur coat? Why did beautiful Yoo Ah In have to die? Why did I watch this drama to the very end? What are questions that will never be answered, Alex?
I had to turn to the interwebs to find some satisfaction, and I found it thanks to Deeno, who is one of my blogging heroes. Also, she provides alternate endings for Fashion King that truly make the writers and director look incredibly weaksauce.
To sum up, this is a drama about people who say they like fashion (but try to murder it), ruin each others' lives, constantly seek revenge, cry a lot, go to America a few times, and finally get eaten by zombie velociraptors. (That's how it ends in my head, mmmkay?)
Like I said, Don't. Watch. Fashion. King. (You don't get to actually see the zombie velociraptors, so even though that would be awesome, you have to just imagine them administering sweet justice to the lame characters.)