Originally posted on my old blog – November 10, 2009
This is an exerpt from an Open Thread post of belleza on Dramabeans I just love her comparisson.
Re: What’s Up Fox
I liked What’s Up Fox a lot. The first half kinda plays like a G-rated version of a sex comedy. It’s sauncy, but never actually raunchy (except for a few cleavage shots), and that was charming for me.
As you probably know, What’s Up Fox was from the same writer as My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. In a way, What’s Up Fox is the deluxe version of MNIKSS, where instead of focusing on one unusual relationship, we get 2 and a half (the mom and younger coworker) spins on “inappropriate.”
Also, their differences mark underline the careers of two actresses known for being paired up against younger actors. A Kim Sun Ah romance is a frank dialogue between women and boys, a loving ridicule of masculine overcompensation, and above all, about a “sista getting her groove back!” However, to me, Go Hyun Jung is the eternal “noona is pretty” woman, who until Queen Seon Deok has always played opposite actors 5-10 years younger than her. The one actress who is young not by fashion or image, but by dint of mantaining a dreamy, hypnotic, vulnerable, and intimate chemistry toward the other sex. The one who disarms men and brings out their inner boy. And, since Sandglass, she was never a “sista”; she was always the head of the class, the arch role model, etc. Women admire her without feeling warm to her. Men (particularly men-boys) hold secret crushes.
Unlike Kim Sam Soon, What’s Up Fox doesn’t feel like an ajumma fantasy that ajummas can actually share. It’s more like “of course, Go Hyun Jung can get the cute guy”, not “you go Kim Sun Ah, do it for the girls!!” Having said that, I liked What’s Up Fox a lot. It’s not unlike the movie “Away We Go.” The unconventional relationship (and the other ones too) seems vaguely “superior” to more normal types, but in a way it is.
Worth rounding out Kim Sam Soon and What’s Up Fox is the drama Snowman. It’s again from the same writer and again it’s about a very unconventional relationship. But instead of humor, there’s ANGUISH. Beautiful and honest performances by Gong Hyo Jin, Jo Jae Hyun, and Oh Yun Soo.