Twenty Again [review]


“The future is not determined by past experiences. It’s what you do with those experiences that determines the future.” – Ha No Ra (Twenty Again)

 Twenty Again aka Twenty Years Old Second Time is nice to watch but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, for me, the plot moves a little bit slow and it’s boring at times but it’s a great drama with heartwarming story.

The drama tells about:

 “38-year-old Ha No-Ra (Choi Ji-Woo) dreamed of becoming a dancer when she was younger. She met her future husband, Kim Woo-Cheol, when she was only 19-years-old and became a mother unexpectedly. Since then, she focused on her life as a wife and mother. Ha No-Ra then decides to attend the same university as her 20-year-old son Min-Soo and faces life a second time like a twenty year old.” – asianwiki

CAST + ACTING + IMPRESSION (8 out of 10)
I love Park Hyo Joo‘s acting. She always looks so relax, calm, contented.  Her tone also sounds so relaxing. Even when she’s upset, she still keeps her elegance. Choi Won Young is an acting god. I’ve been watching all of his works since The Heirs and he still amazes me everytime he acts. He has been in so many project and has acted a wide range of characters. His acting spectrum is just really wide. Choi Ji Woo is good but not excellent enough. Lee Sang Yoon is a cutiepie. The OTP didn’t really spark my “ship feels”. Are they cute together? Yes they are. But something is just missing. I think the plot doesn’t really exploit its casts’ acting ability much. Kim Min Jae and Son Naeun are stiff but still bearable. Gestures are awkward at times, tone and facial expression need to be improved. Son Naeun, especially needs to open her mouth a bit wider when she delivers her line. Both need to practice more and more because their acting in this one is not satisfying enough. They fail to capture the right emotion sometimes.

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with the acting from everyone.

CINEMATOGRAPHY (9 out of 10)
Pretty! The camerawork is good and pretty to look at!

PLOT/STORYLINE (8 out of 10)
This drama is that type of drama you watch because you want to know what happen next not because you’re addicted to it. The plot itself moves pretty slow for my liking. The drama may fall to boring category for some people.

I personally don’t like the story of younger version of the leads. I skip most of their scenes because I find it boring and doesn’t really hold any importance to the story. Of course not all of those scenes are unimportant, some are important. For example, when the younger bury the time capsule, since it relates to the future.

No Ra is frustrating at first because she’s really weak. She goes to college solely for her husband. Her son doesn’t treat her properly. Her life just revolves around her husband and son. She has lost her life since the day she left for German which is a pity. Over time, she learns how to voice out her opinion, be courageous, be confident, be herself. The process is actually quite emotional. No Ra finally being herself is like our achievement too. Nothing is more beautiful than one person being confident being him/herself. Her transformation is not overnight, it’s step by step and that’s why we kind of feel some attachment too her.

Affair is never a good thing especially if it hurts your partner very deep in this case, Woo Chul is hiding behind the reason, “I can’t communicate with you!” to have an affair. I kind of relief when No Ra finds out what’s her husband doing behind her back. At least she finally knows that her husband is not worth her time and life. Watching her broaden her world and growing as  a strong person is the highlight of the show. It’s very heartwarming and touching.

Going back to college after 20 years have passed is not a sin. In this case, what’s wrong is No Ra’s reason for doing so. She goes back to college solely because she wants to communicate with her husband which I find it’s pretty pathetic. Your husband doesn’t see you as a wife anymore and pretty much has dumped you, even he’s so eagerly trying to divorce you. You don’t sense anything wrong with your husband? And you still want to do something for him to kind of “save” your marriage. No Ra, thank God you come to your senses and finally divorce that jerk. He’s not worth your life.

My final comment, it’s not an exceptionally great drama. It’s just good enough and it entertains me just enough. It may be boring for some people but Second Time Twenty Years Old is definitely a heartwarming drama that teaches you a lot.

And I know that my posts’ quality has been dropping lately. I’m working on to be a qualified drama blogger again. There were times where I’m really confident with my posts’ content but lately my writing skill has been in the decline T_T I’m sorry and I’ll work hard to get back to my root! Until then, hang in there!


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