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[Funcurve Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights"


Modern Fairytale

"Cinderella and the Four Knights" is a modern day Kdrama based on a book of the same name. While it draws certain plot devices and characterization like the step mother and pseudo maid lifestyle of our heroine from the original fairy tale premise, there is the feeling that it's an original story. This is mostly due to a mix of good actors and some great on-screen chemistry. I must commend the female cast of this drama in particular as they're all convincing in their various roles. The female lead Park So-dam stood out in particular considering the fact she's a relatively new face in the drama scene.

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For a rom-com, the drama does indeed bring the viewers lots of hearty laughs and heartwarming feel-good moments. But while I think the cast is excellent, I also felt that the characters lacked real emotional depth. This made it hard to understand their reasons and motivations for a lot of the actions that went down in the drama. An example is the stepmom and sister who maltreated the heroine so much throughout the story, but then suddenly accepted her as one of them at the end. So if you're looking for a good laugh and fun times, then this drama could work for you. However, if you're looking for solid plots, explainable plot twists, relatable characters, and story endings that don't disappoint, you may want to look elsewhere.

"The cast is excellent, but the characters lacked real emotional depth".
Episodes 1-2 Review

"Cinderella and the Four Knights" starts with an easy, seamless introduction to all our major characters so that we're well acquainted with them from the beginning. We have Chairman Kang, a cheerful old man with vast wealth and three grandsons who don't get along with each other.

The grandsons are cousins and make up three of the four knights. First grandson Kang Hyeon-min (Ahn Jae-hyun) is an unrepentant playboy; second grandson Kang Ji-woon (Jung Il-woo) is an angry, abrasive automobile fan; last grandson Kang Seo-woo (Lee Jung-shin) is a cheerful, kind artist. Chairman Kang's loyal personal secretary and the grandsons bodyguard Lee Yoon-seong (Choi Min-I) is our fourth knight.

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The premise isn't all that unfamiliar either, and we are all aware of the fact that our Cinderella Eun Ha-won (Park So-dam) will soon join the boys in Sky House (the proverbial castle). But the drama does a good job of spicing things up by making her entrance into Sky House a fun ride. In her case, the fairy godmother is Chairman Kang who asks her to help make his warring grandsons into a family of loving siblings.

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At this point, I am unsure what our heroine will make of the situation, but so far she has proven to be strong and capable of handling everything that is thrown at her. So, I have no doubts that her cohabiting with the four knights will be nothing short of adventures.

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