Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: My Little Bride (2004)

My Little Bride (Review)
Kim Ho-jun/Moon Geun-young, Kim Rae-won/2004
Where to Watch:
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Prime

"...an uplifting and often uproarious comedy."

High school student Bo-eun (Moon Geun-young) after she's ordered to marry college student Sang-min (Kim Rae-won) by her grandfather.

My Little Bride follows adorable but sassy Bo-eun and her newlywed playboy husband Sang-min as they fulfill the dying wish of Bo-eun's grandfather. The pair have been close friends since childhood, despite their age difference, so they share a bond -- not exactly a romantic bond, more like a brother-sister bond. So, Bo-eun tries to live as a regular teenager, keeping her secret from her classmates and her baseball-playing crush. It's a great and creative spin on the typical romantic comedy. It does have some typical romantic comedy scenes during the final act, though, which was disappointing. The ending was heartwarming, though, which is also a plus.

If you're looking for a lighthearted and quirky romantic comedy, look no further than My Little Bride. The film is charming and heartwarming, and the humor is, well, humorous. It kind of reminds me of My Sassy Girl, but, for the most part, My Little Bride is a little less serious. Don't get me wrong: the romance elements work well in My Little Bride, but it doesn't really pull on your heartstrings. And it doesn't have to. My Little Bride features a great and creative story, aside from the last 15 minutes or so, and a wonderful blend of humor and romance. It's an uplifting and often uproarious comedy.

Kim Rae-won and Moon Geun-young are great. Geun-young, however, steals the show; her performance is the perfect blend of adorable and sassy. Both actors share genuine chemistry, which makes the romance more effective. Otherwise, the film is technically up to standard. It looks and sounds good. The English subtitles on the Amazon Prime Instant Video Stream are great, too, hardly any noticeable flaws. Director Kim Ho-jun does very well in balancing humor and romance, capturing the chemistry between leads, and especially pacing the film -- it was over before I knew it.

Overall, My Little Bride is a great romantic comedy. It's very funny and even adorable -- some might even call this "cute" comedy. Regardless, I liked the story, I liked the humor, I liked the leads... I liked the overall experience. I especially liked how it avoided most genre clich├ęs, at least up to the end. If you love warmhearted comedies, you'll love My Little Bride.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: It has some sexual references and little blood, but it's generally appropriate for most audiences.

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