cinderella and four knights
- Starring : Park So Dam | Jung Il Woo | Ahn Jae Hyun | Lee Jung Shin | Choi Min Sung | Son Na Eun
- Episodes : 16 (1 hr.)
- Aired : August 12 – October 1, 2016
- Network : tvN
There are times when I can binge things hella fast, this was one of them. I finished watching this in one day! That is not to say this was the best drama I’ve ever seen, cause it wasn’t. It was just that it fell into the kind of cliche and campy rom-com that I really tend to fall for.
This was supposed to be some Cinderella, rag to riches, reverse harem story. In some parts it really was but at other times it fell short. There were a lot of things I loved about this and it seems to stem from the amazingness that is Park So Dam and her ability to transform a scene.
Our Cinderella, Eun Ha Won, is less damsel in distress but more like a fighter who keeps getting knocked down round after round. That is until she comes into contact with Kang Hyeon Min, heir to the Haneul Group and all around douchebag chaebol. She also has a few run ins with his cousin Kang Ji Woon, the rebel newly found grandson of Chairman Kang. I won’t go into all the messy details but because the Chairman really liked her spunk, he hired Ha Won to go live with his grandson’s and hopefully bring them together so they could be a family. Yes, the plan sounds weird but it got Ha Won to live with Hyeon Min, Ji Woon and the third grandson Seo Woo, the random chaebol idol.
This followed all the basic cohabitation tropes; the usual push and pull between the broody male leads and our heroine, the growing friendship between Seo Woo and Ha Won and the banter between the help and the family. All of it was expected, down to the second lead female, Hye Ji, being the bratty damsel is distress that Ha Won wasn’t. Even with all the checkboxes being ticked off, there was something about the chemistry between the characters that made it feel not so annoying.
Now, love triangles are given but this was a love circle at one point. All three Kang Cousin’s feeling some type a way about Ha Won, Hye Ji pining for Hyeon Min and using Ji Woon like a lap dog. And then there is the wishy washy Ji Woon who I wanted to smack for not knowing what he wanted but then wanting to kiss his stupid face for getting it right. Even though the end game was pretty apparent from the first 2 minutes, it didn’t stop my heart aching for the unrequited love that blossomed. Seo Woo is the MVP! But the show is called Four Knights, so who is the fourth? In my opinion it was butler Lee Yoon Seong, who really should have thrown his hat in the romance ring with Ha Won. Their chemistry and relationship was one of my favorite. With the addition to him, I was jumping ships left and right. His backstory and plot twist though… weird choice.
Now it wouldn’t be a rom-com without some sad backstories. There was no shortage either. At one point this felt like a PSA for adult orphans. Everyone had some parental trauma and by episode 14, I was done with it. Another thing I was done with was the Hyeon Min and Hye Ji sub plot. Maybe with all the skipping over their scenes is a reason I finished so quickly. I have to admit, once I found out their history I thought I would care more but maybe it was Na Eun’s inability to hold a true emotion on her face, but I could give no fucks about it. Hye Ji loved one man and the whole show was basically her being pitiful about it. Hyeon Min’s journey from asshole player to just an asshole with grief and love wasn’t a dynamic one. I actually preferred him being all stupid in the beginning with Ha Won than to him being in love with Hye Ji. Either way, poor Ahn Jae Hyun, he deserved better than Na Eun.
Anyway, this drama really gave me the butterflies, maybe that’s why I couldn’t stop watching it. There were a lot of cute scenes and the chemistry was there. The Kisses! Oh the kisses! I was hear for them when Ji Woon was concerned. I didn’t expect him to lay it down on my girl Ha Won, but he did. My favorite scene was the infamous drunk scene. Is it that iconic? No clue but I watched it a couple times, that’s how much I loved it. And was a testament to how with all the bumps and bruises this show may have had, I loved it drunkenly the same.
Acting : 8/10
Story : 7.5/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 8/10
Recommended For : People who don’t mind tragic family drama but also love cute comedies
Fave Song : ‘My Romeo’ – Jessi