Revolutionary Love is a 2017 K-Drama that aired in Korea October 13th – December 3rd. All episodes are available on DramaFever.
The story has all of my favorite K-Drama bits. A love triangle that’s easy to figure out. A rich boy learning how the 99% live. A regular guy with a chip on his shoulder navigating his way through a huge company. These parts of the drama I really enjoyed. The characterizations were written well and the actors really brought the dynamics to life.
However, Revolutionary Love failed in some of the most basic ways. I never felt a connection between any of the characters. Hyuk (Choi Shi Won) was adamant about loving Joon (Kang So Ra) but I didn’t feel the chemistry. Maybe it’s because he never did the ‘confession’ that you find in many dramas, or maybe it’s because she never really accepted his love. The love connection wasn’t there for me.
The romance between Joon and Jae Hoon (Gong Myung) didn’t fare any better. Joon confessed to him in college and he acted like a bit of a prat and that was that. Years later, after he began working for Gangsu he rented the apartment below her to be near her. In the time Jae Hoon had Joon to himself he never advanced the romance. He only chided her for being a part-time worker.
Each of the characters has the tragic backstory that we’ve come to expect from contemporary dramas. These were not presented in a way that made me feel more sympathetic toward the character. I felt the emotional development was rushed and therefore you couldn’t build the connections needed with the main characters.
There are funny moments. They’re over the top and a bit cringeworthy.
Most of the story is set on the main characters trying to bring down Hyuk’s corrupt father’s business. Hyuk has lived as a third generation rich boy all of his life, now in his 30s he’s realizing other people maybe have it not so great. His father directly ruined Joon’s father’s life. He also employs and explots Jae Hoon’s father. Hyuk wants to revolutionalize Gangsu and make it a better place. The writing here was shoddy. You see Hyuk changing but not in a powerful way.
Overall Revolutionary Love was cute at times, funny at times, and sad at times but it never reached its full potential.
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