Revolutionary Love (2017)


Drama: Revolutionary Love (변혁의 사랑)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: October 14 – December 3, 2017
Runtime: Sat. & Sun. 21:00
Byun Hyuk (Choi Si-Won) is the son of a wealthy family. He is carefree and a troublemaker. After one too many scandals, his strict father kicks him out of the house and he ends up meeting Baek Joon. Baek Joon, is a hardworking girl from a poor family who resorts to taking up part time jobs because of her tragic past. She is neighbors with long time college friend, Jehoon who has a secret crush on her, and who happens to be Byun Hyuk’s family lawyer.
Main Cast:
Choi Siwon – Byun Hyuk
Kang Sora – Baek Joon
Gong Myung – Kwon Jehoon
Lee Jae Yoon – Byun Woo Sung
A lot of people said this was not a good drama so i delayed watching this until a few weeks ago because I was looking for a quick romcom and I was missing Choi Siwon. I ended up watching this drama in just a few days. I liked this drama – i thought it was hilarious but at the same time it tackled company corruption. It also dealt with family relationships.
Many people thought Choi Siwon was playing a similar character as he did with She was pretty – a rich and funny guy – but I beg to disagree. I thought Byun Hyuk and Kim Shin Hyuk (Siwon’s character in She was pretty)  were totally different characters in terms of personality and outlook. Byun Hyuk was a carefree rich guy, not because he wants to, but because that’s all he is known for all his life. He was the second son and was never taken seriously but his father. He is naive and warm hearted but he keeps getting into unintended accidents. There were times when I want to wring his neck because he doesn’t seem to grow up or learn from his mistakes. I don’t think Byun Hyuk is stupid or that Siwon plays his character badly, it was the way the writer developed his character that made it seem like Byun Hyuk is dumb. But I think Byun Hyuk redeemed himself in the end. He really became mature, we saw how smart he actually is, and he was able to maintain his big heart despite how his family fell apart. Oh and I love that Siwon has such a meme-able face. He is the visual of Super Junior and always looks so put-together but he is so confident that he can let go and do crazy things when he plays a character.
I love Baek Joon, she is a strong and independent and was a great friend and ally to Byun Hyuk. I thought the romance between them started a bit late (Byun Hyuk confessed early on but it took some time for Baek Jun to return her feelings), which is understandable as she is focusing on her life/career and romance was not a priority. I did notice that her character took a back seat in the last few episodes of the drama as the show focused on the corruption/scandal, which is sad because Baek Jun was such a great character. I also felt bad for what happened to her family (particularly to her father). Good thing she grew up to be determined and optimistic.
I didn’t like Jehoon that much and I don’t know why some viewers liked him over Byun Hyuk. He was awful to Byun Hyuk – he had a lot of resentment against Byun Hyuk but never said anything to him, he was arrogant and put him down so many times. and it turns out it was all a misunderstanding when he was young! Byun Hyuk was such a good friend to him and he relied on Jehoon so much. As for people saying that Baek Jun should have ended up with Jehoon because he liked her first – I disagree. “All is fair in love and war”. Jehoon never showed or told Baek Jun his feelings until it was too late. He never told Byun Hyuk too. On the other hand, Byun Hyuk liked Baek Jun and he wasn’t afraid to tell her. and Baek Jun may have liked Jehoon when they were younger, but it was obvious that she liked Byun Hyuk and treats Jehoon as a friend.
Byun Hyuk’s father and brother were so terrible, especially the father, but I’m glad they were able to end the story with them paying for what they did but also still end the drama happily.