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Story 8.5

Acting/Cast 9.0

Music 8.5

Rewatch Value 8.0

Why Indeed

Why Her is a character-driven suspenseful legal drama with romance undertones that explores top attorney Oh Soo Jae’s ambitious rise to tướng prominence as well as her subsequent journey of redemption and finally tìm kiếm for the truth within the cut-throat world of South Korean politics and corporate culture that are mired in corruption all the way to tướng the upper echelons of power. The storytelling includes themes of noona romance, love triangle, revenge-justice, courtroom drama, office politics, corporate mergers and acquisitions, criminal investigations as well as friendship and youth within a university setting. In short, this drama is reminiscent of shows lượt thích How to tướng Get Away With Murder, The Good Wife (US and South Korean) and Law School, to tướng name but a few.

Park Soo Jin (Dr. Romantic, The Hymn of Death) and Kim Ji Yeon co-direct this SBS production while the screenplay is written by Kim Ji Eun who specialises in melodrama/ makjang, aspects of which are manifested to tướng an extent in this drama as well. Park Se Jun (Melancholia, Mouse, Vincenzo) serves as music director.

The soundtrack features 6 love ballads, which is indicative of the general atmospherics to tướng be expected. My personal favourite is Sohyang’s cover of Vincent. Full listing as follows:

Vincent by Sohyang (cover of the original by Don McLean)
Beautiful by DOKO
What About Us by Hajin
I Will Love You by K. Will
I'm Here by So Jung
Where in the Fog by Ga Ho

What I Enjoyed

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The lead actress, Seo Hyun Jin. Amazingly this drama represents the first work I’ve seen of her in what has been an eventful career that she’s had sánh far. I’ve become a huge người yêu thích because she is beyond phenomenal. She exudes class, charisma and gravitas to tướng pull off such a stunning portrayal of the immaculately stylish and powerfully intimidating FL, Oh Soo Jae. Her wonderful performance here embodies perfectly the indomitable spirit, depth of character, emotional complexity and delicate vulnerability of the characterization the way it was perhaps designed to tướng be. The character may not be without its faults, being shrouded in grey mist through actions and motivations but Seo Hyun Jin’s masterclass is certainly as near flawless as it could possibly be. I daresay without her presence, this drama perhaps would have been found lacking in its execution on sánh many levels.

This drama goes into the no. 1 spot - at the time of writing and unless something else comes along that dislodges it - of the most complicated drama of 2022 for bầm. To give viewers a taste of what to tướng anticipate, a brief summary of the nội dung (this list is by no means exhaustive)…

Push-pull noona romance and subtle hints of a love triangle
Murder and crime mysteries, including one that spans a decade
Politics revolving around the Presidential race and ministerial appointments
Corporate mergers and acquisitions
Various judicial wranglings
Longstanding hidden identities and secrets
Vengeance, retribution and justice sought by multiple parties

Expect intense power dialogues, heated confrontations, beast-mode slaps, shocking twists and reveals, among the many plot devices infused into the story, and a dash of makjang for good measure as well.

Production quality is commendable which is reflected through the ambience of the drama smoothly transitioning between mellow romantic sequences, powerful scenes of face-offs, and profoundly evocative atmospherics all throughout. The settings of the various arcs are generally well rendered, including the Seojung University Law School campus, TK Law Firm, and Hansoo Group corporate office. I also liked the framing of certain scenes that come across as symbolic of the state of affairs for which they allude to tướng, which is testament to tướng the excellent cinematography in this drama.

In addition to tướng Seo Hyun Jin, the performances by the ensemble cast are on point, for the most part. Heo Joon Ho delivers a memorable portrayal of TK Law Firm’s chairman, Choi Tae Guk. Of the supporting cast, Kim Chang Wan’s understated Director Baek Jin Ki is also worth a mention, as is Lee Kyung Young in his third drama appearance this year as another antagonistic character, Chairman Han Sung Beom.

What Could’ve Been Better

I feel that the ML Gong Chan, played by Hwang In Youp, could have been better written. In fact, at times I think the entire romance aspect had more potential than thở was ultimately executed. The connection between the FL and ML is one of the major plot points of the story but is made unnecessarily tumultuous, for instance with the presence of a third buổi tiệc nhỏ competing for the FL’s attention. The actor himself perhaps demonstrated a rather limited scope due perhaps to tướng the character design which did not allow him to tướng articulate the role even further.

Somewhere at the midway stage, the plot languished somewhat which threatened to tướng derail the entire narrative. Too much time was spent meandering around certain side stories. Fortunately the drama eventually picked up the pace towards the closing stages of the second half to tướng a rousing over. The presence of numerous interconnected arcs and subplots also contributed to tướng the confusion and unevenness of the storytelling and character development, which require significantly more attention to tướng details and effort to tướng piece together the various threads.

I feel the need to tướng rant about a certain plot device that transpires in episode 14. Without spoiling it, let's just say that for the sake of giving this drama a grand finale with another spectacular "twist", the screenwriter resorted to tướng creating an unbelievable scenario that came out of nowhere. Totally unnecessary and which could've been written differently in a number of ways, in my opinion.

Final Thoughts

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Despite some issues in the execution and character design of the ML, I actually enjoyed Why Her more than thở I thought I would. Much of this is attributed to tướng Seo Hyun Jin who carried this drama and without whom, the story would perhaps have fallen flat. If you’re in the mood for highly complex storytelling with complicated plotlines and convoluted dynamics, lượt thích I was, then this is the kind of drama that fits the profile.

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