Series

The Bride of the Water God (2017)

Habaekui Shinboo (original title)

Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk, Shin Se Kyung, Lim Ju Hwan, Krystal Jung, Gong Myung

When water god Ha-baek visits earth in order to find the three stones powerful enough to help him claim his throne, he seeks out the help of his servant and destined bride, psychiatrist So-ah, whose family is fated to serve the water god for generations. The problem is that she has no belief in the gods and initially mistakes him for suffering from delusions. Things get even stranger when the wind god Bi-ryeom, the water goddess Mu-ra, and the demigod Hu-ye show up to complicate things.

★✮☆☆☆

I’ve seen a few Korean dramas in the past year and by far this is the most non-sensical of all. I gave the drama countless of chances because maybe it’s gonna get better in the next episode, but it didn’t. It never got better.

The characters are so petty. The female lead has these petty issues and was portrayed as a failure (being a psychiatrist was her only strength it seemed). It seemed like a character assassination really. Something’s off with the female lead probably because they don’t have chemistry. Meanwhile, the male lead is a god who became powerless in the mortal world. Come on, you already have supernatural characters, why not make the most out of them. But clearly, the creators didn’t want that. They wasted characters that should have had more potential had they had a better plot/script. saw it. The second leads and other supporting characters were better at acting. Thank you Krystal, for blessing the drama with your goddess-ly aesthetics.

Each episode literally put me to sleep each night. I gave up after seeing 3 episodes but i forced myself to keep watching because there might be something interesting that’d going to happen in the next episodes. I even ranted about it to my friends but I still finished it ’til the end because it would bother me if I didn’t finish it (yep, I am that type of person). It was a torture. I felt scammed. But I had “nothing” else to watch, heh. Additionally, even the technicalities (camera angles) were flawed.

Okay, why did I watch this in the first place? Because it stars Nam Joo Hyuk and I like Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (not particularly his acting but they were cute in this romcom). And also because the trailer was good, I thought it’s probably going to be comparable with Goblin, but no. Sorry, Joo Hyuk, you’re cute but this drama sucks.

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Films

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Director: Luc Besson
Writers: Pierre Christin (based on the comic book series “Valerian and Laureline” by), Jean-Claude Mézières (based on the comic book series “Valerian and Laureline” by)
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Kris Wu, Ethan Hawke

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

★★✮☆☆

Films

L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (2016)

Director: Jingming Guo
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Kris Wu, Cheney Chen

An orphan becomes the disciple of a powerful sorcerer and is drawn into a larger conflict among the world’s magical elite.

★★✮☆☆

Honestly, I didn’t get what was happening in the movie until I’ve seen 3/4 of it, when the characters were verbally explaining what’s happening. I just enjoyed the visuals.