In the final stretch of "Make a Woman Cry", writer Ha Cheong-ok has decided to pretend like Eun-soo hasn't been the entire focus of the drama for about as long as I can remember. The cliffhanger is resolved just a tad too easily and with a tad too much easy forgiveness. Then practically out of nowhere Deok-in and Jin-woo start acting like the main characters again, having extended heartfelt conversations about loss, forgiveness, and being able to move on with life.
This is, for all intents and purposes, the story we had at the beginning of the drama, complete with Yoon-seo's reappearance as an important character. Yeon-seo- remember him? The guy who got put on an airplane at about the same time that Eun-soo took over the storyline? Yoon-seo is the teenager who defined the entire romance between Deok-in and Jin-woo, and I only realized now that he's back that Yoon-seo leaving the story is the main reason why Deok-in and Jin-woo were pushed to the sidelines. Without Yoon-seo's physical presence they couldn't resolve their issues.
While the material here involving Yoon-seo is good, I can't help but be frustrated that the entire drama wasn't about this conflict. Deok-in's revelation near the end honestly comes off as kind of silly, precisely because there hasn't been any real build-up or resolution over that plot point. As nice as it is to see Deok-in in full-on cop mode again, why is it that this has barely been a presence lately?
I kind of feel like a jerk for getting mad at "Make a Woman Cry" for finally doing things correctly, but everything here really is just practically out of nowhere. Like that wedding? Didn't these two first meet a few weeks ago? I seem to remember that organizing wedding was much more difficult back in the earlier part of the drama. And I was being facetious about Kyeong-soo's love of pizza. I didn't think that was literally going to be his plot arc.
Maybe I'm not really mad so much as just generally befuddled. If "Make a Woman Cry" itself is barely interested in making a meaningful effort to redeem Eun-soo's character, then why in the world did the drama dedicate so much runtime and plot to her bad decision-making abilities? Were all the other actors wrapped up in contract commitments elsewhere or what? I've certainly found the Eun-soo story interesting analytically in parts, but after all those dramatics there really doesn't seem to be any satisfying way to resolve it.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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