Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: 200 Pounds Beauty

200 Pounds Beauty (Review)
Kim Yong-hwa/Kim Ah-joong/2006
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"...a blend of lighthearted, slapstick, and quirky... a very moving film."

Awkward, clumsy, and a smidge overweight, Kang Han-na (Kim Ah-joong) has the voice of an angel but lacks the self-confidence to rise... so she records and performs all of the songs for another pop artist, Ammy...

200 Pounds Beauty continues as Han-na takes matters into her own hands and opts for drastic plastic surgery to change her life -- she wants to be seen as attractive, she wants the chance to shine, and she wants the man she secretly loves, producer Han Sang-jun (Joo Jin-mo). She disappers during her recovery leaving Ammy's career on hold. After a year, Han-na reemerges as the sexy Jenny, and starts her trip to the top... working with Sang-jun. But, of course, she's living a lie and her career conflicts with her true self. 200 Pounds Beauty is a funny film, but very predictable. The ending is also predictable, but positive and appreciated; the credits are hilarious, too.

200 Pounds Beauty is a traditional romantic comedy. The concept is fresh and creative, but the execution is familiar. You know these characters, you know their respective character arcs, and you know exactly where it's headed. However, it is hilarious! As cliché as it may sound, the film had me laughing out loud, especially during the first half of the film. It does lose some of its charm, quirk, and momentum during the second half where it becomes more cliché, though. On the point of humor, it's a blend of lighthearted, slapstick, and quirky. Some of it is a little offensive, but funny. For example, there's an overdoes on diet pills scene where the medics have trouble lifting the patient. Regardless, it ends on a positive note and delivers a positive message -- it's a very moving film.

Although the story is on the generic side, Kim Ah-joong is the anchor for the film. Her performance is very quirky and genuinely awkward, and always hilarious. (I know the film is about being oneself and loving your body, but Ah-joong is absolutely stunning, regardless!) Otherwise, the film is shot very well. The soundtrack is also great; I'm not a big fan of pop, but these tunes were really catchy. Director and co-writer Kim Yong-hwa does very well in creating this traditional romantic comedy; like i said, it may be cliché, but it's genuinely funny.

Overall, 200 Pounds Beauty is a very good comedy. If you're looking for something lighthearted, quirky, and positive, this film is for you. I laughed quite a bit, especially during the first half. The second half loses some momentum and piles on the clichés, but it's still offers enough humor to get through. And, what a catchy theme! Go listen to the soundtrack! (Maria Ave Maria!)

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Some blood and sexual references.

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