Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food is also available by the name Something In The Rain. The former is more cheeky and cute while the latter is more on the romantic side.
This is the first time I’m watching a drama by acclaimed director Ahn Pan Suk, who has helmed shows like White Tower, A Wife’s Credentials, Secret Love Affair and Heard It Through The Grapevine. And straightaway I can feel the moody, realistic vibe with depth, in a thinly sounding premise of a love story between an older woman and a younger man. In so many scenes I love that instead of taking too many takes or shots or angles, the scene is just played from one direction in a single take, giving a particular scene a natural momentum and feel. There is this unmistakable aura of romance in the show, be it the scenes and interactions, the background score, the camera and setting, and of course, the lovely chemistry between Son Ye Jin (Jin Ah) and Jung Hae In (Joon Hee). She is so charming and he is simply adorable.
The show is full of normal, relatable characters. It’s partly a workplace drama as we see the struggles attached with everyday work life, from the smallest bits to the more serious kind. I like that Jin Ah is not only a hard working, sensible woman, but she also has a mischievous side to her. I do want to know more about Joon Hee and when exactly did he start feeling so much for her. We see more from her point of view and I do want to know more from his side. I also love the friendship between Jin Ah and Kyung Sun, and it will be interesting to see how she reacts about the relationship between the two. I was thinking were I had seen the actor and then I remembered that she was in Village: Secret Of Achiara and was really good there.
There are a lot of things remaining to be unfolded, like Jin Ah’s relationship with her parents, and frankly her mom irritates me a bit with her constant nagging about her daughter’s marriage. And the parents’ scenes are uninteresting for most part. Not to mention the cliched scene with which the drama starts, with a guy breaking up with the heroine. At least she got her small revenge this time! The episodes are longer than usual but the total is only 16.
All in all, minor quibbles aside, I’m really swooning for Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food. It is very subtle in colours and has a slightly old school feel to it. Loving it!