Well, well, well! Here we are at the end of DDSSLLS and it’s time for the spoiler free review. What started as an oridinary show, picked up an interesting storyline and intrigued the audience to have a rather shocking ending and I’ve seen what everyone has to say about that! Keep reading to know my take on the drama!
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You can listen to the OST as you read the review right here. My favorite track – “Always Remember” by Sondia and “So Hard For Me” by jeebanoff.
Title : Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (English), 도도솔솔라라솔 (Korean) (the name basically are the notes of the nursery rhyme – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)
Country of origin : South Korea
Language : Korean
Directed by : Kim Min Kyeong
Written by : Oh Ji Young
Starring : Go Ara, Lee Jae Wook, Kim Joo Hun
Number of seasons : 1
Number of episodes : 16
Status : Completed
Aired on : KBS, Netflix
Broadcasted : October 7 – November 26 of 2020
Genre : Romantic Comedy
The protagonist of the story is Ra Ra. Her mother passed away when she was young and her father feeling she is a piano prodigy, has her take intense piano classes all through her life only for Ra Ra to graduate in the piano. She doesn’t seem to be enjoying it that much but seeing how much her father likes it, she continues through the classes and graduates. She soon accepts a proposal for a marriage by her father and sets out to marry as well.
Two things are late on her wedding day though – her bouquet and her father. This js when we are introduced to Jun. Working several part time jobs he also seems to be on the run from something too. After colliding with an express delivery man he is requested by him to deliver the bouquet to the bride – who happens to be Ra Ra.
It’s a total mess after that. Jun gets hit my Ra Ra and bleeds on her dress only to have it fixed by Jun. But that’s the least of her problems – her father receives news that his company has undergone bankruptcy and gets a heart attack and dies right outside the wedding venue. To make matters worse, Ra Ra’s fiance is taken away by his mother as there’s no money left for them to look forward to the wedding.
Ra Ra is helped by her father’s secretary with some money and she somehow passes her time. However she starts receiving some comments and messages on Instagram from a username “DoDoSolSolLaLaSol” that seems to indicate knows her and her father. On seeing a photo that the person is in Eunpo, Ra Ra travels to the beauty port city of Eunpo.
A moment of distraction leads her to meeting with an accident with none other than Jun who rushes her to a hospital. She ends up being heavily indebted to Jun and decides to start a piano academy in Eunpo after receiving a piano as a gift from the mystery man on instagram. We also follow the story of Dr.Cha who gets a divorce and starts a new practice in Eunpo but clearly has known Ra Ra before.
The story then follows how Ra Ra continues in Eunpo and her growing relationship with the people around her, and who the mystery character is, find out Jun’s real identity and many more secrets and surprises in Eunpo.
The synopsis gives you the perfect formula for a typical K-Drama rom-com doesn’t it – girl with a lot of problems, a guy who saves her but has some mystery around him, a definitive second lead, who also has a connection with the main lead and a plethora of supporting characters intertwined with them all.
Honestly I started watching this series because I did want to divulge in some light hearted romantic comedy instead of plot heavy, thrillers or anything that occupies too much brain space. The first few episodes left me with a goofy smile on my face with the predictability and the enjoyment out of the initial episodes. Because let’s face it sometimes we need some light and fresh entertainment or maybe some rom-coms and the K-drama world has a plethora of that.
However, after the initial episodes warmed off of me, it started to dawn on me that the story started to veer off and have more substance, suspense and build up. The show creators played around with the mystery surrounding the characters expertly to leave us surprised and somehow overlook some things that were right in front of our eyes.
What surprised me even more was that at some points my brain would race ahead and fix at a sure fire conclusion to the fate of a character or a plot point only for the show makers twist it off to the simplest thing ever and deflate the dramatic ideas in my brain. That’s what I liked the most about the series, it managed to work the simplest things to a great dramatic effect while downplaying typical dramatic elements to small or humor filled scenes.
The last I saw of Go Ara was in Black and.lets jut say she wasn’t really the happiest soul on that drama. DDSSLLS gave a chance for me to see a bright, carefree and bumbling performance from Go Ara which is a polar opposite to what I saw her last. And although I never realised it, Lee Jae Wook was there in as a cryptic character in Memories of the Alhambra as well – and I was glad to see a more firm character from him here as he led the show. The actors did well although the show didn’t give them chances to exhibit acting prowess. The range of supporting characters in the drama made sure that we got a lot of light hearted comedy and family-like warmth despite both the characters being lonely in the beginning.
Also, I don’t know if the place is really called Eunpo, but the place where they shot at – the place titled Eunpo, was beautiful and added to the overall aesthetic appeal of the drama.
However, despite all this, the show did fail me really badly and if you’ve watched the drama I’m sure you know what I’m talking about – the ending.
Since this is a spoiler free review, I can’t reve anything, and I won’t, but it really deflated my expectations becuase it was extremely predictable that it was unbelievably cliche. Now there isn’t anything wrong with a dramatic classic or maybe even a cliche style of ending. However with how well the show runners veered around the story and kept us interested and guessing this bout of predictability at the very end made it quite disappointing. The disappointment made me forget the good things I did love about the series as well. Or you know I would have even accepted how they wanted to conclude the story, especially Jun’s but that very last scene just made it a hundred times worse. It started with after the tenth episode but the ending montage of the final episode really made me upset – how they changed something so delicately special to something so ordinary.
However, if you’re thinking of not watching the series becuase of my rant, please don’t. It’s a pleasant watch which is enjoyable, just don’t keep too much expectations like how I did, to get it deflated at the end. The ending isn’t horrible, but with how good its run was, it was just unexpected.
The show still has a warm and enjoyable story that you can enjoy cosy on your couch at home with a warm drink.
And to end this review, there is one thing that had me glued on to this series from beginning to the end – the music – and to be be specific the pieces played on the piano by Ra Ra and the other characters. The series has a wonderful montage of piano classics like “The Maiden’s Prayer”,”Plaisiar D’amour” and many more that seamlessly lifts this drama to a very enjoyable manner. I’m a sort of person who loves and notices a good BGM and instrumentals in movies or shows, and this drama excelled in that note. There are quite a few montage scenes with music being the only form of dialogue and honesty it can’t get any more expressive than that. The music definitely spoke louder than words.
So, that’s it for my review on DDSSLLS! What did you think of the series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! You can check out all the related posts on this drama by clicking the link at the top!