Forecasting Love and Weather 2022 Review Tv Show Cast Crew

Stars: Park Min-Young, Song Kang, Bak Yoon

A title like Forecasting Love and Weather 2022 is bound to inspire doubt. Putting aside the real connection between the unpredictability of love and the weather and the allure of office rom-coms, who would be interested in a drama built around a weather service? Most don’t even stick around to watch the prime-time weather forecast.

And the truth is that the first minutes of the drama are monotonous. A young Lee Si-woo’s (Song Kang) enthusiasm for the weather makes you wonder how one person could be so interested in airflow patterns and sea mists. Meanwhile, impending bride Jin Ha-kyung is too cautious, following the rules, and her restrained nature causes an annoyance as to whether she will ever remove the stick lodged somewhere deep inside her.

Then, an unexpected rain, both literally and figuratively, leaves behind the petrichor of what, at least from the first two tv series episodes, is shaping up to be a truly refreshing, emotional and sublime drama. Jin Ha-kyung’s world collapses when he finds out her fiancé Han Ki-jun (Yoon Park) is cheating on her, and Si-woo’s world changes when her girlfriend Chae Yoo-jin breaks up with him after months of selfless dating. .

It is in these two developments, steadily built, beautifully, and contextualized throughout the episode, that one realizes director Cha Young-hoon and writer Kang Eun-kyung may have struck gold in their sublime connections between weather and love.

The presence of a senior employee assigned to her team indirectly challenges her authority as director, all while she agrees to have to share a workplace with Ki-jun, who is now married to Yoo-jin (yes, the former of Si-woo). The unflappable Ha-kyung moves on, until she doesn’t, exploding at Ki-jun over her infidelity and scheming ways in the middle of work. That’s the breaking point, followed by a warmth spell and a shared drink with Si-woo.

Call it a plot device, but there’s something poetic about witnessing how changes in the weather are equally cosmic in the pockets of everyday life. It becomes even more ingenious when one realizes that the story uses the weather not only as an inspiration, but also as a character that seems to live, breathe, change, and warn the other characters. Better yet, Forecasting Love and Weather does this without preaching or taking itself too seriously, though credit for that goes to its wonderful cast as well.

At this point, Park Min-young has become a staple in office rom-coms, thanks to her brilliant work in Her Private Life and What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim. However, the prickly, correct and somewhat lonely Ha-kyung seems more nuanced than her other roles. Perhaps it’s the fact that Park starts at a milestone that previous characters of hers would have considered the finish line (getting married) and she struggles to find and challenge herself once again. The seriousness that Park brings to Ha-kyung, first to her annoyance, then to her devastation, is a delight to watch.

Song Kang’s Lee Si-woo gives Ha-kyung an attractive foil, whose youth and naivete make you love and pity him at the same time. Song has been a Netflix mainstay for some time now, but he manages to stand out in every role, whether it’s the plucky Cha Hyun-soo in Sweet Home, the serial flirt in However, or the passionate Lee Chae-rok in Navillera. . Si-woo seems much lighter than his previous adventures, but Song’s small gestures and quiet moments lend a depth that immediately catches the eye.

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