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Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin
(1956)

Good Enough
Princess Sissi pretty much follows the well known story of the Austrian monarch, with few unpredictable moments and some unwelcome comedy acts. But, overall, it isn't a bad movie and the settings were breathtaking.

White Gold
(2017)

Good Enough
White Gold is a series that uses twists and the historical setting pretty well. If you enjoy British comedy, especially, you'll probably like it. However, it does get a bit too much and hard to believe after a while. The performances were good though and the soundtrack spot on.

Boksoonoteu
(2017)

Good Enough
First Season : " Sweet Revenge " season one is a web drama that brings to mind the well known Japanese Series "Death Note" in theory as an idea, but it took a different perspective on the matter. It actually was more about the rom com, with some cases that used the revenge app that the main character had on her phone. True, those cases were so so, as the romance and the youthful vibes were better and quickly shifted the focus on the couple rather than the small incidents. The revenge was satisfying though. The characters were interesting and entertaining too, and the performances were pretty good from everyone in the cast, especially considering that it was mostly consisted by young or rookie actors and actresses and some kpop idols. The side characters were pretty entertaining as well. Second Season : " Sweet Revenge Season Two " was not as good as the first season, but it was okay.

The story was pretty much the same as the one in the first season, with an app with which the main character could take revenge on those who pretty much harmed her or her family and friends. The start was really good and strong, with an intense case for revenge and a smooth love triangle. The family drama was also sweet and warm. However, the rest of the revenge cases weren't as strong and were kind of boring. The friendship and family storylines were okay, but not enough to keep everything smooth and interesting till the very ending. The love triangle got boring as well. The actual love story was, in fact, predictable and kind of tiring too. Also, as it happened in the first season, there wasn't a clear explanation as to who was behind the revenge app.

However, there were some nice moments to it. First of all, some acts of revenge were satisfying and well deserved. The performances were good too, especially from the young actors and actresses.

So, overall, six out of ten.

Gekijo
(2020)

Good Enough
" Theater : A Love Story " is an ambitious movie.

Filmed as a theater play and narrated by the main lead, it shows the love but catastrophic relationship between two people who kept the plug on the relationship way too long. And, honestly, their good times were far less than their bad ones. The male lead was self distractive, dragging the girl down with him. The latter could have done better, but, apparently, she just didn't see the harm that she was receiving from him.

So, on that aspect, the movie was great, as it presented a more realistic take on a love story. However, while watching it, it felt like something was missing. Had it be the lack of intimacy between them (they looked more like roommates than lovers), a climax to their toxic relationship, or a burst from the female lead, the whole film felt that it was moving on an andante pace and without a proper introduction or pre-phase to the events that were happening.

That said, the leading lady was hands down, the best thing that the movie had to offer. Not that Kento didn't do a great job in this one, but she was just delightful, emotional, entertaining, relatable, and just amazing when it came to her performance. Also, the ending was brilliant and masterfully handled.

So, overall, five out of ten.

Papadopoulos & Sons
(2012)

Not Good Enough
One word that can characterize this film is sloppy. The editing was all over the place, the pace was messy and the story predictable. You can't really bond with the characters, as you never get to know them in this hectic plotline that tries to give some heartwarming family moments, but that's about it.

Frasier
(1993)

Good Enough
Frasier is probably one of the best sitcoms of its time. Based on the character from 'Cheers', it follows Frasier and his brother for 11 seasons. The laugh is there, the bonding with the characters is there, and the heartwarming moments are plenty. Steady comedy and lovable cast make Frasier a classic.

The King of Queens
(1998)

Good Enough
The King of Queens provides some solid hours of good laugh and a heartwarming cast. True, the main character can be annoying at times, but it is a fun ride overall. The couple's dynamics, actually, are what make this show worth the while.

Sukigime Otoko Tomodachi
(2018)

Good Enough
" Rent a Friend " was an okay movie.

It probably needed more time to progress and showcase all those interesting issues that it raised. And truly, the movie gave a brief introduction to the discussion of what is friendship, what is love, and what is the nature of human relationships. However, part of that quick burst of philosophical questioning towards the end of the film, the movie only scratched the surface of the those themes. It rather focused on the romantic story, which, however, was left with a baffling ending. At least, if you are going to go with the love story, give a nice conclusion to it.

Nevertheless, the idea was interesting and the performances quite strong.

So, overall, five out of ten.

Dinner Mate
(2020)

Not Good Enough
" Dinner Mate " started smoothly, but quickly started dragging.

The first few episodes of the drama were interesting. It was a fun ride to watch the main characters meet by chance again and again, but being ignorant of who they were in reality (him being the doctor the girl was trying to track down and her being the broadcasting employee whom he was trying to avoid). That scene with the cheating boyfriend on the island was pure entertainment as well and it gave the couple a solid start. Finally, the female lead was one of the best characters of the drama, as she was unconventional for Korean drama standards, dynamic, strong opinioned, and a delight to watch till the very final episode. In addition, the story of the homeless man and the director of the broadcasting company was quite interesting and sweet.

However, the drama started lagging after those first episodes. It was disappointing to discover that, even though the description and the name itself indicated that the couple will bond over food, there were few to non foodie moments. So why go with that concept if you aren't going to use it? Just say that is about people with exes and emotional problems that heal each other. I mean, I get this is based on a manhwa which probably used the two characters as dinner mates, but the drama did not. Also, speaking about the exes, they were okay at first, but they got way too annoying. In addition, the introduction of them wasn't smooth when it came to the female lead. We first saw her going on a surprise trip, hoping to get proposed by her boyfriend, so she clearly was over her, let's call him main ex. But no, another one was thrown to us out of nowhere. I mean, the male lead was straight forward about his ex girlfriend and his feelings for her. But for the girl, the whole situation was messy. However, that was not the main problem with the exes. It was interesting that they had a background story to boot their motives, but they were way too obsessive, especially the girl's ex, and that got tiring after a while, as she kept telling him that she was over him and he just kept bothering her.

Also, the main romance was boring. They didn't start on romantic premises, which was a relief and refreshing. However, they became a couple a bit too rushly and that did not help with the built-up of the love story. The drama got boring too, as the story repeated cliche trops when it came to the main plot.

So, overall, four out of ten.

Dugeundugeun Seupaikeu
(2016)

Good Enough
" Thumping Spike " was, surprisingly, a good drama.

Though short, it manages to cover a lot and built a nice romance. However, the ending was way too cliche for korean drama standards. Still, the main couple had chemistry and many cute moments. I actually don't love student-teacher romances, but this one was well created and explained, so it was easy to overlook. The sport theme wasn't overlooked, which was a plus for the drama as well. The team did a good job with the volley action parts too. Therefore, the series was also a nice sports drama part of the romance theme.

So, overall, eight out of ten.

Fix You
(2020)

Good Enough
" Soul Mechanic " was a pretty sweet drama.

It revolved around human relationships and the root of the psychological problems that the patients faced. And, they actually added many medical cases to support the main story, making it even more heartwarming and emotional. The main story itself was good, but the big hospital drama was just predictable and boring. The final ending had everything too easily resolved. Still, the romance was slow paced, which made it more realistic, and the couple had chemistry. But this drama didn't focus on the love story. Rather, it was more about family, friendship and hope. The cast, finally, did a great job with their performances.

So, overall, seven out of ten.

Rubirubireob
(2017)

Good Enough
" Ruby Ruby Love " was an okay web drama.

The story is pretty predictable, even from the start, though there were some cute moments when it came to the romance. However, they never reached that intensity as a couple. Still, the concept was interesting and the idea with the ruby ring entertaining and original. Unfortunately, even though they could have added some depth to it, with the introverted, agoraphobic main lead slowly realizing that what was the root of her problem (which, apparently, she already knew, according to a flash back) and believing in herself, we got a half baked conclusion that mainly had to do with the love story.

So, overall, four out of ten.

PEN15
(2019)

Good Enough
PEN15 was not bad. It was actually enjoyable. Part from the fact that the two main leads are way too old to be 7th graders, the series did it right when it came to teenagers and their problems without overexaggerating about it. The comedy was nice and the friendship touching.

Palm Springs
(2020)

Not Good Enough
Palm Springs was an okay movie. Script vice, the movie doesn't really offer anything new. The characters find themselves into a time loop and they just follow every classic rom com trop until the final ending. We don't get to know them, we don't get to understand them, or to understand the whole time loop concept really. The whole thing can be described as generic at best, with some odd touches here and there. The performances, in addition, were okay but nothing special. For all it's worth, it is not a waste of time, but nothing special either.

Geurida, Bom
(2014)

Good Enough
" Drawing Spring " was a cute mini drama.

It focused on two friends that were starting to have feelings for each other. The chemistry between the two leads was intense and their moments together were too sweet and cute to ignore. The kissing scenes were just perfect as well. However, the love triangle was a bit ridiculous and undeveloped. It seemed like it was only there to create some tension in the plot and to lead to that final battle in the ending. Actually, the second lead was just too annoying to handle.

Another minus was the presentation of the whole horse racing concept. It just wasn't good and it looked fake. And yet, the trauma sequences somehow worked and it gave the drama an in depth perspective on the characters.

Finally, the performances were good from everyone in the cast.

So, overall, seven out of ten.

Sora no aosa o shiru hito yo
(2019)

Good Enough
Though the whole living ghost was a bit confusing, the film "Her Blue Sky" had a touching story. The art was okay, but the background looked artificial and not in the same wave as the rest of the animation. The voice acting was good too. As for the story, the relationship between the two sisters was sweet and that helped with the ending. However, the rest of the story was so so. The romance thing was just okay, but did not develop well. The rest of the characters were just there to support the action.

The Baby-Sitters Club
(2020)

Good Enough
Not Bad!! The Baby Sitters Club is cute, is fresh and it has its adorable moments as well as some heartbreaking ones. Well made and well acted, especially since most of the cast members were kids. Keep in mind that this is a family drama though.

Wotaku ni koi wa muzukashii
(2020)

Not Good Enough
" Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii " was a bit disappointing.

First of all, the leading lady was simply adorable. She did a great job with her character and she was entertaining and refreshing. Her music acts were well danced too. The male lead was nice too, but he could do better.

Now, the premises of the story are good, but the execution was bad. The musical acts were interesting overall, but they overtook the focus of the movie. That resulted in having too little time for the actual story, which had a messy pace and didn't allow for the characters to really develop or for the audience to get to know them. The ending was disappointing too.

So, overall, three out of ten.

Noble, My Love
(2015)

Not Good Enough
" Noble, my love " was simply bad.

The premises of the drama were interesting, and I do love the twist with the contracted dating or marriage scheme. However, this drama didn't handle it very well. And it wasn't because they used too many cheesy trops, which you kind of expect from a romantic comedy.

Things started looking fishy when in the scene where the girl is saving the CEO, she takes off his shirt to clean his wound, and while he is there bleeding, she just stares at his abs... And if that is not enough of a warning sign, then the drama will only get worse and more frustrating.

The male lead is simply insufferable. He is not the cold guy who acts arrogant but he is kind of cute. No, he says that he is a dominant and he treats the girl as his property, taking over her job, even her own life. He keeps yelling at her to not meet other guys, even if they are her friends, or she meets them by accident. And, even though she doesn't fit her character, she just takes it. And not only that, she actually falls for him. Why? He was a j**rk to her the entire time!

Now, for the girl, she was enjoyable as a character, but she kept acting randomly. She also tended to behave like a child from time to time.

The drama overall was predictable and some of the episodes were boring. The side characters were also underdeveloped and overlooked most of the time.

Finally, for the good parts of the drama, the episodes towards the ending, when the male lead started acting like a human again were actually good. If only the rest of the drama was like that...

So, overall, 2 out of 10.

Miscasting
(2020)

Good Enough
" Good Casting " had indeed a good cast, but, plotwise, it wasn't that great.

First of all, the idea for the drama was solid. Three female agents are going undercover to find the bad guys. They have multiple action adventures until they find the guy who was responsible for one of their old colleague's death. They bond. They find love interests. So far so good. But, the whole drama felt draggy and boring. It was like there wasn't much to anticipate to happen, especially since the big case that they had to solve was not that interesting to begin with.

That said, the three main characters were simply too enjoyable. They had all different personalities and they had nice chemistry between them. However, I've found the leading lady less interesting than the other two, as she was a bit too cliche of a character and her actions were a bit predictable. Not that the actress didn't do an amazing job, especially with her action-fighting scenes. It was that the character was too cookie-cut written.

Finally, the romance in the drama was cute and it didn't overtake the whole plot, which was a relief. The couples had chemistry and some cute scenes.

So, overall, five out of ten.

Yashiknamnyeo
(2020)

Not Good Enough
" Sweet Munchies " was a frustrating drama.

And that is mainly due to the two main characters that were annoying, each one in their own way. For the girl, she was way too naive, forgiving, and positive to be even considered cute. She was beyond redemption, as it was proven in the last episode and her reaction to the whole revelation. But, the most irritating was the chef. Sure, he had his reasons in the beginning for doing what he did, but he just kept lying, and acting selfishly throughout the whole drama. He was just unlikeable and he didn't make it easy to root for him. The second lead, however, did have a solid character and story and the actor did an amazing job with his expressions and emotions. As for the rest of the cast, they were there when they were needed, but hardly explored.

And now, time for the story. The main idea was ridiculous to begin with. There was no real reason why the show had to have a gay chef other than prompt the story. The reactions and actions of the characters were ridiculous as well and unreasonable really.

And, finally, the ending. The drama kind of wrapped things up for the three main characters, but left the rest out. Not to mention that everyone suffered the consequences of the chef's decision expect from him.

So, overall, three out of ten.

Oh My Baby
(2020)

Good Enough
" Oh My Baby " had a really strong start, though the love square was a bit boring.

The drama has a lot of angst when it came to the leading lady's dream of becoming a mother. And, a lot of babies!! The romance was also nice, although the love square was boring. The one guy was quickly eliminated and the second lead was too annoying in the end. The whole drama, in those ending episodes, was about the male lead going back and worth about what he wanted, what he felt, and what he ought to do. Which is a bit off, as they had options (if they've got married they could apply for adoption, for example. He is a rich photographer, she seems to love babies and kids, and, for what I've seen in other Korean dramas, adoption isn't really a big no-no in Korean society, unless I'm wrong.) So, yes, that whole drama could have been lessened.

But, overall, Oh My Baby was quite enjoyable. The leading lady did an amazing job with her character and she was both tragic and entertaining. The whole romance was nicely paced as well, and the vibes of the drama were just perfect.

So, seven and a half out of ten.

Kkondae Intern
(2020)

Good Enough
" Kkondae Intern " was, unexpectedly, quite enjoyable.

The comedy parts of the drama were solid, as the 'bromance' between the two leads was A) well-paced and took its time to mature, B) the two leads had chemistry which helped a lot. Also, there was no unnecessary romantic drama added to it, even though there were some specks of romance to the story. But, overall, the story was kept clean and business-focused. Another plus was the team dynamics, although there were some senior characters that tended to be left out of the equation.

The whole chaebol drama was nice too, even though it was kind of predictable. The drama had some moments that felt rushed too. An example is the ending. That episode had actually started nicely and smoothly, however, towards the ending, it was a bit messy.

Finally, the performances were quite good from everyone in the cast. The length of the drama was just enough as well for the story to be well presented.

So, overall, seven and a half out of ten.

Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight
(2019)

Good Enough
" Kiss me at the stroke of midnight " was an okay rom com.

The movie deals with a typical high school romance that turns everyone's fantasy of a girl next door meeting her celebrity crush, into reality. And, of course, he will like her as well. There were some cute moments, as the couple had chemistry and looked good together. There was some drama too.

But the overall story is predictable and cliche. The characters felt one dimensional, especially the leading lady, with no background, no plans for the future, or actual personality other than the basic cookie-cut one they were introduced with. That is not to say that the actors were bad; they were actually really good and their performances were enjoyable. However, the script didn't allow them to really shine.

So, overall, five out of ten.

Korosanai Kare to Shinanai Kanojo
(2019)

Good Enough
" The boyfriend that can't kill and the girlfriend who won't die " had a really strong main story. However, they didn't equally handle all the stories.

First of all, this movie is not the typical school romance film, with cute scenes and romance all over it. On the contrary, it explores themes like depression, family drama, and problems that high school students might encounter and deal with. The way the 'couples' (referring to them as pairing not as romantic relations) healed each other and provided comfort was a nice and hopeful note. However, even though the stories were intense and had depth, they needed more time to bloom. The film hardly had time to give them equal time for all of them and that resulted in either having some of the characters underdeveloped or having things happening rashly, which sometimes confused the plot.

Nevertheless, the ending was bittersweet and unexpected. And the actors did an amazing job, especially the leading lady in those final scenes.

So, overall, 6 out of 10.

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