With every remake Korean producers make of dramas from other countries (like Taiwan or Japan) I wonder if ‘this time’ it will actually be good. Sadly I can’t say that ‘The time I loved you’ is a good example of a well done remake or not, or at least not for now since only 2 episodes have aired however I do have a hunch that it won’t live up to the original.
Although I did enjoy the Taiwanese version I’m not a big fan of the story however the Korean version taught me that Bolin and Ariel were amazing at doing the roles for ‘In Time with you’, thing that I can’t say about Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook. They are both so weird, first Ha Ji Won tries to act cute when the character isn’t supposed to be cute and he is not the character as in overall feeling, to put it blunt, he doesn’t have the aura of the actual character. With Bolin, the character was showing through small actions or looks that he does like the female character but Lee Jin Wook lacks in that department when he gives life to Won. There is no point of keeping the same hair or clothing style if the idea behind the characters isn’t there.
While I understand that re-makes will always have something different, like a touch of their own but Koreans tend to exaggerate and end up messing the actual story but the characters turn even worse. It may be because I am used to the original but there were times when I did like the remakes more. This time I just don’t like how they deal with the whole story and especially with the characters, they are so different and it is frustrating.
Honestly speaking in the Taiwanese version they were so mature and the vibe that the drama was giving was quiet and mature where the Korean version is exaggerating to the point of becoming annoying. I was trying to not compare the remake with the parent story but even if I don’t compare it, that isn’t helping either.
The first episode was confusing even though I did watch the Taiwanese version and they actually kept a lot of things from the original work. My main displeasure is that although they changed it to the Korean production culture (thing that it’s okay from my point of view since it can’t be helped considering that the remake is mainly for the Korean market) what I don’t like is that the actual feeling is lost in the process. The original drama had a nostalgic/comfy feeling, even mature as I already mentioned and everything had a calm delivery when they were in the present time, it was special, but the remake couldn’t give off that nostalgia and it seemed somehow plain – or at least that’s the vibe that I’m getting from the first two episodes.
The second episode was way better but I don’t know if it’s because I chose to overlook the fact that this is a remake and take it as an original work or because it is indeed getting better. Still improvement was present, even so not a big one I may add, and taking that into account I hope to see something better in terms of characters in the following episodes. I want to see Ha Ji Won and Lee Jin Wook getting used to Ha Na respectively Won. There are a lot of people who say that they do sense the chemistry between Ha Ji Won and Lee JIn Wook yet I’m clearly not one of them, however I’m not bothered about this since it’s hard to have a connection when they are at the beginning so I will wait to watch more episodes before talking about if they have or not chemistry.
But let’s be honest here, if the actors start doing a better job, well…..the script won’t progress much since the two writers don’t have any worthy work to make me think that things will get better so at this point I’m keeping my expectations low with ‘The time I loved you’.
As a small note, I’m really thankful that Myeongsoo is only a cameo, he is so flat.
Overall, it was nice but I think people who didn’t see the original will enjoy it more and I’m saying this from the perspective of someone who wasn’t a big fan of the original work even though I did enjoy it. I can’t say it was bad, or utterly bad, I found it to be okay but definitely not a drama that will keep me on the edge of my chair waiting for next week’s episodes.