My Sassy Girl – Review July 6, 2009Posted by Cello in Movie Reviews.
I can definetely say that this is the first movie I have seen only because I needed reviewing material for this website. I had no interest in watching My Sassy Girl even though I heard so many good things about it. When I sat down to watch it, my groans turned into smiles and I knew I was in for quite a treat. The Korean film My Sassy Girl is a cute and silly romantic comedy that never seems to lose its edge. This movie worked because it was easy to relate to and was grounded on Asian culture. I wouldn’t normally review a romantic comedy, but I repeatedly found myself laughing out loud from this flick.
Gyeon-woo is a single Korean college student, still not very sure of what he wants to become in the future. One night, on his way back home, he meets an extremely beautiful girl, but who is also completely drunk. He knows that she is not really his type, but a relationship forms nevertheless as he is unable to ignore her. She speaks her mind, and generally embarrasses him when they are out in public. Some might wonder why he puts up with her, but I can vouch for the reality of the situation. And so their relationship begins, which is an adventure of romance and fun. The basic motivation of this story seems pretty dry, but there is plenty in the movie that really help it stand out. People who watch this movie’s trailer with the scenes from the guy’s imagination will be disappointed if they expected a lot of action from this film. There is a scene involving a lot of soldiers that seems to be somewhat contrived. The movie is kind of schizophrenic, but this may be intentional to represent the girl’s state of mind.
Also, that the humor was always right on time, not trying stupid sex jokes or stupid humor, unlike other movie of its genre right now. Although it’s a notch above other romantic comedies [the few that I have watched], the story doesn’t unfold conventionally. It also gets melodramatic towards the end but strangely enough I actually appreciated the change in pace. Eventually, the sassy girl’s behavior is explained by the end of the film. Minor gripes aside, My Sassy Girl covers a lot of territory in its two-hour running time, containing enough material for at least two movies.
I’ve heard good things about My Sassy Girl, but never realized it was that good. It’s a very special romantic comedy and whether you enjoy chick-flicks or not, this film is going to make you laugh, cry, and most importantly, smile. I loved the movie, and for most of you out there, it should be a very good entertainment. It is funny, yet with a not-too-sweet-but-still-touching love twist.