[Preview] Mr. Idol, a Music Drama for Teenagers
“It’s a film that all generations can identify with.”
That was a confident statement made by Park Ye Jin, the lead actress of the film Mr. Idol.
The title of Mr. Idol speaks for itself: it’s a film about popular idols supported by their teenage and young adult fanbase, and so, I was curious about how they would have made a film on the subject of idols that all generations could identify with, and caught the film at the press preview on October 25.
The film starts off with a peculiar competition between the agency’s head Sa Hee Mun (Kim Su Ro) and his producer, Oh Gu Ju (Park Ye Jin).
It is the year 2008, the year of the boy group Mr. Children’s debut showcase. A kiss between a member of the group (Lee Hyun Jin) and a popular female singer from the same agency (Nam Gyuri) is caught on CCTV, and when the head of their agency sees the video, he makes the couple break up while battering them with harsh remarks. The member is unable to withstand it, and commits suicide on the group′s debut stage.
Three years later, Oh Gu Ju comes back to the country after fleeing overseas in shock. She brings together the previous members of Mr. Children with the help of her partner, Park Sang Sik (Im Won Hee), and brings in Lee Yoo Jin (Ji Hyun Woo), who has a similar voice and personality as the member who committed suicide, as a new member, for the group’s new debut.
Mr. Children is soon hit with various obstacles before its debut, with the agency’s head stopping them from appearing on TV. But after leaving their pride behind and working hard to hone their skills, the members are soon acknowledged by their fans and become popular idols.
The main theme of the film is that everyone dresses their wounds with song. The catchy songs and the splendid dance moves of real idols Park Jae Bum and Kim Randy are two of Mr. Idol’s biggest strengths.
But the story fell short in an attempt to contain the splendor. Whenever you try to immerse yourself in the film, the film throws in embarrassing scenes and fantasy effects, cutting into the flow of the story.
Kim Su Ro, Park Ye Jin and Im Won Hee all acted their very best, but the character settings were too unrealistic. The film felt conflicted; though the acting was great, it was hard to really get into the film.
This year, many films about idol groups such as Ghastly and White premiered, but they all failed to become box office hits. It′s likely that it was because the films tried to ride on the tide of idol popularity, but were too unrealistic in their depictions. Most of them were only popular among teenagers for a short while and failed to bring other generations into the loop.
Mr. Idol is much of the same. The songs in the film were so attractive I found myself humming the tunes even after the ending credits finished rolling up the screen. But nothing of the story stuck in my memory. Mr. Idol is a film I would only recommend to teenagers who have a lot of time on their hands.
Photo credit: Mr. Idol
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