Am I bored? No. Am I Impressed? Slightly. 'Lovely Love Lie' is the new drama to hit the scene with popular girl group member Joy of Red Velvet playing the cheerful lead Yoon Sorim and Lee Hyun Woo playing the cold-hearted Kang Han Gyul.
'Lovely Love Lie' begins with boy Han Gyul and Sorim being in the same world and closer than they expected. Music is the key factor that brings these two together - especially with their affection for the famous boy group 'Crude Play.' Sorim is an intense fangirl whereas Han Gyul is the music producer for the group and their entertainment company.
From the start, you can see Sorim is a gentle, good-hearted girl, so of course, you can expect Han Gyul to be the counter opposite of that. He is solitary, self-centered and doesn't seem to care about others unless they provide some sort of good result for him.
I don't want to put the characters into such a quick nutshell, but so far it seems they project a common style for a male and female lead. Still, it is charming to see Joy playing the role with ease and Han Gyul showcasing his bad boy attitude.
As the drama goes on, the story becomes interesting one moment than a bit lackluster the next. I am curious as to why Han Gyul left Crude Play so easily. He manages the group well, but couldn't he still be involved and produce some lyrics like SHINee, BTS or Dal Shabet do?
I think the drama will offer a one-of-a-kind perspective on the life idols, especially through Han Gyul's current girlfriend Yuna (who is already suffering from some sort of turmoil).
The other scenario to spark my interest is Sorim's back story. She is so attached to music and her mother's death is left in the shadows. I'm positive this will be revealed in a future episode but I also wonder about Han Gyul's parents as well since the two leads seem to have minimal past stories being mentioned currently.
Aside from the story progression, the show really wanted to make a bold difference in their performance by adding in various musical segments. I am wondering if it is merely to attract attention by trying something new or simply to highlight Joy's stellar vocals. This 'Glee' effect can prove successful for the show.
However, at first, I was really wondering if this drama was going to become a high school musical sort of show - especially when they suddenly covered G-Friend's "Me Gustas Tu." It was awesome to see this song come to life in their high school setting but I am already stressing on the inside wondering if all future episodes would have some sort of musical break because it can become overwhelming and fast if it is just cover songs.
Aside from that, I love that the drama didn't waste any time in creating that fantasy romance by having Han Gyul run into Sorim at the Han river only to take her phone, record a song and disappear so easily. Now the chase is on and we are all eager for Sorim to reunite with her 'love at first sight.'
Without delay, Sorim and Han Gyul meet by chance as Sorim is auditioning with her band at a concert hall where Han Gyul and Crude Play happen to be. Han Gyul hears her suddenly sing the chorus of their song, "It's Okay, I'm here," and turns around with a shocked expression to see the girl from the river smilingly sweetly after singing the first line.
Now that we are left on this cliffhanger, we all can't help but wonder what will happen next and how Han Gyul will react to Sorim exposing his song to the public.