Original source: http://news.nate.com/view/20131206n07356
From KBS 2TV ‘Beautiful Man’, Choi David (Lee Jang Woo) and Kim Bo Tong (IU)
Why KBS Wednesdays/ Thursdays drama ‘Beautiful Man’ still can’t get a high viewer rating? There is few banal and dead-end elements. I can say it’s unusually a good drama in recent days. Apart from the viewer rating, I can see there are a lot of fans supporting this drama online. What is the reason?
Lessons that I don’t hate listening to
If we have already finished all of the official education, it means we have already learned something in one third of our life, and then we’ll learn more in the rest. There is nothing as good as learning, but ironically those who try to give a lesson to others are likely to be hated, and it seems not accepted favorably to convey straightforward messages in movies and dramas, too.
However, this drama ‘Beautiful Man’ keenly tries to teach something. The open way to tell us what money is, what brings disaster on ourselves, and what the difference between giving bribes and gifts stimulate us. To tell the truth, I had a silly idea that as the original is manga (comic), it must be just a cute romantic drama. However, it’s not!
Maybe it’s one of the reason why ‘Beautiful Man’ hasn’t got a high rating because it dares to give lessons to viewers? How many viewers would watch dramas to get solemn lessons?
Needless to say, it doesn’t mean we can’t expect this in the first place. Because the story line that Dokgo Mate (Jang Keun Suk) is going to meet a lot of women and become enlightened by them was already released before the broadcasting. But if a drama is trying to show something meaningful even though we ordinarily don’t expect anything but enjoy watching, it’s natural that the fun goes down by half.
But surprisingly, I found myself listen to such lessons shown openly in the drama. Strangely enough, the messages through the drama are so straightforward that it might be natural to induce a feeling of rejection, but instead, it actually creates a positive mood as if we need to listen carefully for some reason.
Seems like the reason is ‘they don’t show the lesson as a big deal’. For example, they show us a bit different view that we usually have on money or people, not showing them as sacred and precious to all human beings and all over the country. Instead, they show us a small secret to move people’s heart in a unique way. Their simple lessons are intrigued enough to draw attention from viewers naturally.
‘Beautiful Man’ is a very good drama in all aspects. It shows us a lesson directly, but it doesn’t sound intrusive at all. No devilish bad person. No extreme struggles that give us huge stress. It’s clear that things happen in the future are not easy to overcome, but still I believe this basic framework won’t twist on the way.
However, above all things, the most fascinating point that ‘Beautiful Man’ has is all characters are lively and breathing. Not only main characters such as Kim BoTong (IU) with cheerful youthfulness and innocence, Dokgo Mate’s distinct personality with a double glittering charm, Choi David (Lee Jang Woo) who looks sophistic at the first glance but has some philosophy of life, Iron Lady Na Hong Ran (Kim Bo Yun), Mysterious Woman Hong Yoo Ra (Han Chae Young), but also other women involved with Dokgo Mate (?) all have distinct and unique characteristics.
In that sense, I was a bit surprised and sad to know around 5 %, low ratings of ‘Beautiful Man’. At the same time, however, it is fully predictable. This drama doesn’t have any intricate secrets of birth in particular nor deep and mellow sadness that breaks our heart. In addition, a secret weapon, love triangle with Dokgo Mate, Kim BoTong and Choi David looks cute and awkward rather than painful. Because of these conditions, getting a high rating is almost like a miracle.
Instead, the characters in this drama are committed to achieving their goal, and struggling to learn any lessons that are useful in life. They are recklessly dedicated to their beloved one and never expect something in return.
Even so, if it’s uninteresting, what is the point? ‘Beautiful Man’ doesn’t have explosive fun, breathtaking suspense and trill, nor unpredictable magic like a black hole that we unknowingly fall into. But even if not maximum, it’s always guaranteed to retain an adequate level of making it interesting and touching. The day will come when it is rewarded with the good rating? I hope it will happen for some reason. Because it’s obvious that ‘Beautiful Man’ is unusually a ‘good’ drama in recent days.