Uncontrollably Fond (2016)
I watched it on Netflix
number of episodes: 20
rating: 4/5 stars – really liked it!
People change but can the heart adapt? Sin Joon Young (Kim Woo Bin) and No Eul (Suzy) were inseparable and very much in love in their younger days. But uncontrollable circumstances separated them and they went their separate ways. Joon Young is now a superstar actor and singer, while No Eul became a producer-director of documentaries. When their paths cross again years later, Joon Young discovers that No Eul is now a very different person than he remembered — materialistic and willing to do anything to get ahead. Is there any hope for Joon Young and No Eul to rekindle their past relationship?
Uncontrollably Fond had been on my to-watch list for a while, mostly because I love Suzy. It follows 2 main characters in their twenties, one a producer and one a famous actor. No Eul is a producer of documentaries who gets fired for taking a bribe in the first episode (seriously, not a spoiler), even though her bosses have done the same. She desperately needs the money, however, and can’t afford not to take it. Joon Young is a famous actor who has just received some less than great news. Through some circumstances, No Eul has to convince Joon Young to let her make a documentary about him.
I quite liked the way I did my previous #thoughtsonTV review, so I’ll keep the format similar. Let’s talk about the things I liked first.
⭐️ the acting. Seems straightforward, no? I adored the acting in this show. I didn’t cringe, nor did I feel awkward at times. Yes, that has happened with other shows! I especially loved Suzy because her character changes so much over time, yet she played both versions convincingly. In high school, she was an incredibly selfless person and always gave away everything. Now, she’s desperate for money and doesn’t care whether people know it. It’s a big change, but she did it so well.
⭐️ the chemistry and romance. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of hate-to-love or enemies-to-lovers stories. This one is most definitely a hate-to-love. They don’t really like each other, especially in the current time line. No Eul needs this documentary though, and Joon Young has his own reasons too. So they work together, but bicker all the time. The back and forth banter… I live for it.
⭐️ family. You’ll also see family show up in the things I didn’t like about this show, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. No Eul’s relationship with her brother is so adorable. She does her best to take care of him, and he takes care of her in his own way. He’s so wonderful!! Also, No Eul’s best friend is basically her family at this point.
⭐️ fighting the wealthy and privileged. A large part of this show centers around a wealthy man who has manipulated and bribed his way out of punishment and justice. I hate the fact that there are people out there who are so rich they are basically untouchable, and I wish I could tear them down one by one. That’s why I love that this show addressed the power of the wealthy, and how they try to fight it.
⭐️ full of emotions. That was me by the end of this series. I cried my eyes out. I’m serious… It’s not like the ending is a surprise, because you can guess what happens from the beginning! Yet there I was, sobbing. By the way, knowing what will happen does not detract from the story at all.
What didn’t I like about this show?
💥 ‘why we can’t be together logic’ I have some patience while watching TV shows, because I realize they need to increase the tension and leave the people wanting more. At some point though, I got so frustrated! I don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t say why but I just didn’t understand their reasons not to be together, and to push each other away.
If it wasn’t obvious already, I highly recommend this show. Be prepare to bawl your eyes out at the end of it though. I warned you!