Sweet & Sour
A little leftover from last week and I have decided to take it up midweek. And so I have just finished watching the South Korean film Sweet and Sour on Netflix. Now, there have been so many films being made on relationships and the hardships of being in a long distance relationship something that I wouldn’t personally endorse. It usually begins with one partner not able to give enough time to the other leading to a series of miscommunication and eventually a breakup. This is a common thread in many relationships that I have witnessed. So then, is Sweet and Sour worth your time, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Sweet and Sour is the story of a couple who are deeply in love till distance and work responsibilities play a part in their relationship. The story isn’t very novel but its treatment is definitely worth watching. The screenplay is light and breezy. The subtle humour is meticulously integrated in the drama. The drama though takes a while to get off the blocks. The start is slow as you are carefully introduced to the characters. After the initial 30 minutes, the screenplay picks up and from there you witness the cracks opening up in the relationship. And the twist at the end will leave you a little shocked and maybe a little angry(for some) though I feel it seems a little forced. But nevertheless the screenplay is pretty well written.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are pretty well penned. The music is decent and the BGM is quite good. Director Kae-Byeok Lee has done a fairly good job keeping things light, frothy and tangy!
The performances are pretty good. Krystal Jung as Bo-Young is outstanding. Initially you may not like the character but slowly you will find that the girl is likable. Chae Soo-Bin as Da-eun is also pretty good in a character that is suffering yet conflicted. And she is drop dead gorgeous! Jang Ki-Yong as Jang-Hyuk is a very complex character and he does a great job with it. So many emotions that needed to be portrayed and he comes out on top in style.
Sweet and Sour is Light, Frothy, Tangy and Realistic. Available on Netflix.