What I Liked About Big

6 Jun

Although I am only two episodes in, the Hong Sisters’ brand new romantic comedy, Big, is already in the running of becoming my favorite drama of 2012. The general premise of the story is that substitute teacher, Gil Da Ran (played by Lee Min Jung) is engaged to her dream man Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo) a successful pediatrician. In wake of a car accident involving Yoon Jae and one of Da Ran’s students (Kang Kyung Joon played by Shin Won Ho), Kyung Joon wakes up to find that he is trapped in the body of Yoon Jae while Yoon Jae’s spirit lies in a coma.

It’s wacky, I know. However, the Hong Sisters are pros at taking the strange, weird, and supernatural and converting into a comedic and heartfelt drama (see You’re Beautiful, Hong Gil Dong, Best Love, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho). One aspect of Hong Sister drama’s that I have always appreciated is the casting decisions. They always seem to pick the actors who can totally throw away their elevated images in order to bring out the craziness of their characters.

Prime example #1: Lee Min Jung as Gil Da Ran

Da Ran is one of those characters who you find yourself loving without even trying. Her silly and endearing personality has you cheering for her success even if you don’t necessarily agree with her goals. Having failed the teaching exam multiple times, Da Ran is a semi-desperate part time teacher and all-round errand-runner. One of these errands happened to be delivering a bridal bouquet to a friend’s. At that wedding, she met Yoon Jae who tried to save her as she fell down a flight of stairs. Since Yoon Jae happened to be a doctor, he nursed her back to health, fell in love, and finally proposed to her.

Although some critics have negative comments regarding Lee Min Jung’s portrayal of Da Ran, I personally love it. She’s cute, she’s funny, and she isn’t afraid to make crying look ugly. As for her character, I’m still on edge whether I truly like her or not. In scenes not related to Yoon Jae, she is sarcastic and all round hilarious. However, whenever she speaks with Yoon Jae, she instantly turns into this cutesy, aegyo robot. Although part of her character trait is her insecurity about how she appears to her fiance, it’s frustrating to see her try so hard to impress her future husband.

Shin Won Ho as Kang Kyung Joon

This Shin Won Ho guy is absolutely adorable. For some odd reason, he looks like the offspring of Infinite members, L and Sungyeol haha. I haven’t heard of him up until this point, but he’s doing a pretty amazing job for a rookie actor. He plays Kyung Joon, an arrogant 18-year-old transfer from the U.S. His cocky attitude has just the right amount of sass and cuteness so that he is entertaining rather than annoying. After becoming an orphan due to his mother’s untimely death, he is now the owner of a mega inheritance supervised by his scheming Aunt and Uncle. The drama plays up the all too familiar tough-guy-with-a-caramel-center concept, but it’s cute and I love it. The fact that he still sleeps in the little kids bed that his mother bought him, and eats frozen pizza every night made me tear up a bit.

When Kyung Joon meets Da Ran at school, he is immediately taken by her maternal instincts, although he doesn’t let on. It’s surprisingly refreshing to see his non-romantic love for her develop as she takes him under her by showing him around the school and buying his school uniform for him.

Gong Yoo as Seo Yoon Jae/Kang Kyung Joon

Although we don’t get much of a look at Yoon Jae’s character, it’s apparent that he is not the man Da Ran thinks he is. I started to hate him after he rejected Da Ran’s third attempt to go wedding shopping, and absolutely despised him after he hid his wedding invitations from his co-workers. From Da Ran’s flashbacks to their dates, we get to see his sweet and caring nature, but his current actions leave much to be desired.

Things start to get interesting when Yoon Jae and Kyung Joon are involved in a terrible car accident and their souls get switched. Kyung Joon wakes up in Yoon Jae’s body which may be the most hilarious piece of acting I’ve seen Gong Yoo do. It’s ridiculously comical to see a grown man making childish expressions such as this:

That being said, I love Gong Yoo’s acting skills because when you compare Shin Won Ho’s expressions to Gong Yoo’s there is a remarkable similarity.

I’m mega excited for this drama as it is shaping out to become very interesting. I’m just hoping that the show maintains its comical vibe rather than becoming all melodramatic like some drama I know (*coughcoughBoysOverFlowers*coughh*)

What do you think? Is Big a keeper for you?



One Response to “What I Liked About Big

  1. J.Lee June 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    This is probably going to be put on my ever-growing MUST WATCH list…the storyline sounds pretty good. Of course it’s Gong Yoo from my all time favorite drama-Coffee Prince! yaya! :DD

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