Drama Rating: 8/10
Go Hye Mi is a talented singer who attends in a prestigious school that focuses in classical music, however she had to quit her dream because her father could no longer support her high class education. As her life turns upside down, she was forced to enter Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt along with several conditions: she has to convince two other students to attend the same school. One of the student is named Song Sam Dong, a country bumpkin who knows nothing of the real world but has a gifted voice. The other student is Jin Guk, a problematic child who seeks the acknowledgement of his father, the Mayor of the district. Hye Mi has one female friend, Yoon Baek Hee – she also dreams of being a musical artist but due to her low self esteem and timid personality, she tends to be overshadowed by Hye Mi who is brash and outspoken. They became rivals due to an audition which caused a rift in their friendship. Along the way, they encounter Kim Pil Sook – a shy girl with a beautiful voice and a big body. She usually tries to blend into the background due to being self conscious of her body weight but Jason, a boy who used to live overseas tends to put her in the limelight.
Amidst the struggle of these students, they all have the same dream and that is to become a successful artist in the entertainment industry.
This is a musical drama in which I dared myself to watch to see if I could stomach in a couple of kids singing pop songs and dancing around some stage. To my surprise, it wasn’t the crappy show that I expected. The pilot episode starts off with showing a top artist who is called “K” by the crowd. Of course the face and body is not revealed but a simple detail such as a necklace is the only clue as to who this person could be. Thus, a mystery factor and a guessing game is ensured throughout the drama. I liked this bit, because during the show’s run – that necklace was passed from one person to another. I had my own biases and bets as to who K actually could be and though I ended up being wrong, it was fun until it lasted because not knowing who’s going to end up being the best was part of the thrill in watching the show.
Some of the acting may have been a bit off with some of the characters which I presume is their first time to be cast in a drama, but still, the overall delivery and concept of Dream High was far from what I anticipated. It was better than what I imagined and was a heartwarming show after all. I grew to love the main characters and their quirks. My most favorite would be Pil Sook who was acted by IU. I can’t believe that her career would skyrocket after this drama because she has become such a big star now that she gets to snag lead roles. I feel like a mom who’s proud of her daughter’s achievements.
The colors and cinematography all throughout was eye catching and the characters were as colorful in their own life story that it brought out the goodness of the series.
I have more thoughts about this drama but it’s not going to be much fun of a watch, if I pinpoint every detail. I am definitely recommending this for those unbiased people who want to check out the pop-culture-industry of Korea. Music wise, it was alright since I’m not much of a K-pop fan BUT I love IU’s rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.
PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
Drama Rating: 8/10
Park Jung Min is a great singer and song-writer however he can’t sing properly in front of a crowd due to a traumatic experience back in middle school. Years later after that incident, he could only sing in front of his 10 year old sister Ok Hee and his best friends Yum Dae Sung and Kim Min Bong. His ultimate dream was to sing and write songs just like his deceased father, but he ended up working behind the counter of a convenience store. Kwon Na Ra on the other hand is known as the school’s beauty back in high school. There were a lot of talent agencies who recruited her back then, that’s when she joined Mocha girls and made a debut with a screen name called Jenny. Years later, the group failed to make it popular in the entertainment industry and was only able to perform once in public. Despite the failure, she was able to stay in the agency and kept training until a better break comes along. However, the chairman advised her to change her music strategy by singing solo instead, if she still can’t make it by then they’ll be cutting her out of the company. By some twist of fate, Na Ra meets Jung Min in the convenience store where he works and he was ecstatic to meet his high school crush again. When the door of opportunity came knocking towards Jung Min in the guise of Na Ra needing his help to teach her to play the guitar, he immediately grabbed it to get closer to her.
The story may seem shallow at some angle but it had a nice message to deliver. The main characters who were acted by Kim Sang Chul and Jung Chae Yeon were both cute. They had their own personal problems to deal with and were able to overcome them through the help of each other. Jung Min’s character was a failure of a guy but despite that, he still harbored romantic feelings for Na Ra for quite a long time and he just couldn’t give up on his dream even though he has a stage fright. The fact that they were able to meet again after all those years and become close to each other was a miracle if it was based on Jung Min’s standards, but for anyone else who’s around, they’d know that Jung Min made a real effort. Aside from the two main characters, I think the real character that shined through this drama was Park Ok Hee portrayed by Choi Yoo Ri. The kid was so adorable I’d love to take her home and make her my sister instead! She’s a smart ass in her young age and it seems like she’s the older sibling between her and Jung Min, even though their age gap is very much obvious. But the way she conversed with her older brother and the advice she gave him about dating was hilarious. It became a must that I give her that 1 point in my rating. Initially it was supposed to be 7/10, but then I remembered Ok Hee, it became an 8/10 and she totally deserved that single point in my rating. I hope she grows up to be like Kim Yoo Jung and Kim Soo Hyun who started as child actresses too and made it big time as adults in the entertainment industry.
As for the entirety of the drama, there were only two episodes that’s why it was a fun watch until it lasted. I wanted more from it but there’s just so much that 2 hours can offer. What I enjoyed in the drama was the music. I guess it was made by the writer and producers with lots and lots of singing in their heads. Not that I minded, the songs which were also made into the drama’s OST, made the drama a good watch. Overall I’d recommend this show for those who are into a short time drama fill, comedy and a lot of singing.