Wednesday, April 24, 2024

I Watched Marry My Husband (2024)

I watch K-dramas from time to time. It’s been a while since the last one, though, which was Business Proposal on Netflix. I’ve wanted another series that matched the levels of hijinks and drama in that one. And, low and behold, one of the serializations I read from start to finish got an adaptation this year.

Marry My Husband (which is available to stream on Amazon Prime) is a good adaptation that captures the overall vibe of the series as a whole. But, it’s not a one-to-one 100% accurate adaptation that includes every plot point from the comic. Some of the most marked changes came from how little screen time was devoted to the development of the other relationships outside of the main protagonists (Kang Ji-won, Yoo Ji-hyuk) and antagonists (Park Min-hwan, Jeong Su-min). And instead it centers the story on Ji-won and Ji-hyuk, while also making some smart changes that really emphasized the point of it: of the necessity of Ji-won giving her fate to someone else to avoid the misery, betrayal, and tragedy that jumpstarts the story.

Despite all the changes, this was still a great adaptation. One, the majority of the scenes I wanted to see brought to life was there. Two, the series didn’t mince how awful, controlling, and abusive (including domestic violence) Su-min and Min-hwan actually were. I mean, with friends (and a significant other) like those, who needs enemies?

The back and forth of will Ji-won escape her future or won’t she provided the tension and driving force for the story. It was so fun and satisfying seeing her gain confidence and scheme, because—make no mistakes—this is a story that is as much about taking back control of one’s life and finding happiness just as much as it was about getting revenge. Along the way Ji-won also gained a system of support and genuine friends.

I did like the way they used flashbacks, particularly for scenes where there was conflict and turmoil as well as where the future and the past (Ji-won’s present) overlapped. It revealed more of the characters backstory and also imparted information about sticky situations, without slowing down the narrative too much.

At the end of the day, I liked what they did here. One of the main takeaways is how people could change, and it was those who didn’t (who grew more resolute in their toxicity and capacity to do harm to others for the benefit of themselves) who fared the worst—and justifiably so—in Marry My Husband.

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