Which just says so much about her as a person, really.I truly loved that about Jang Mi, and it was her happiness that I rooted for Ki Tae & Jang Mi Yeon Woo Jin and Han Groo share a pretty fantastic chemistry as Ki Tae and Jang Mi, whether they are in each other’s faces bickering and (sometimes literally) tearing each other’s hair out, or in each other’s faces with big fat smooches.Their couplehood just feels so genuine and believable that watching them sometimes even feels a touch, well, Aside from the relationship between our OTP, it was the relationship between Jang Mi and Ki Tae’s mom (Kim Hae Sook) that moved me the most.Mom comes across as extremely intimidating, demanding and downright scary from the get-go, and Jang Mi is as far from Mom’s ideal daughter-in-law as one could arguably get.And yet, Show finds a way to allow these two women to break down the barriers between them over the course of its narrative, and even bond in a deep and meaningful way. Through it all, it’s Jang Mi’s compassion that gets to Mom, bit by little bit, even when Mom won’t admit it.I love the pivotal scene in episode 10, when Jang Mi smashes the fake ring and speaks out about how Mom really feels.
Granted, one needs a pretty flexible lens to enjoy this drama.
The Funny often is built up to, even in its campiness, and therefore it doesn’t feel like physical gags are shoved in just for laughs.
The Wacky is just the way this particular world works, is all.
Props to Show for maintaining its breezy pace consistently from start to finish, and ultimately giving us an ending that felt true to our characters while delivering the all-important If you’re in the mood for a light, well-done rom-com, Marriage Not Dating might just be your ticket.
It’s overarching tone is cute, amusing and fun, but is also underscored with lots of heart.