Level Up || Review ๐ŸŽฎ

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Level Up (2019) from MBN + Dramax aired from 10th July to 15th August, at the late time slot of 11pm every Wednesday and Thursday.

Ahn Dan Tae (Sung Hoon) is an ace director from a company that steps in when a business collapses to try and restructure and save it. Dan Tae’s success rate is 100%. After a personal tragedy and many mishaps with an employee – Shin Yeonhwa (Han Bo Reum) – he ends up taking on the job of saving the game developer “Joybuster”.

The plot itself – a company being restructured and the development of a game – was not interesting to me at all. I don’t care about business or gaming… However, I can always get behind the underdog going up against a large corporation who will do anything to ruin them.

Therefore, it was mostly down to the characters to keep me watching and considering I finished this 12 episode drama relatively quickly I can say they did a pretty good job.

Ahn Dan Tae is odd. He starts off all stoic and serious and we quickly get rid of that notion! He’s one of those smart idiots who takes everything so seriously without realising how he comes across. I think Sung Hoon did really well in playing up Dan Tae’s weirdness.

His relationship with others, especially his younger brother – Hoon (Son Sang Yeon) – was wonderful to watch and one of the best things about Level Up. They start off hating each other and their relationship is honestly so sad to watch, but then it quickly turns to two idiots bickering. We then get Dan Tae coming to terms with his loss and finally considering Hoon’s feelings. Oh and his friendhip with Gil Woo (Ahn Danny)… I swear all the main men in this drama are idiots ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hoon’s friendship and subsequent partner in crime – Kim Sang Mi (Kim Ji In) were hilarious and all their scenes together were great.

Now onto our leading lady! Yeonhwa was passionate about her company and her colleagues. She’s the one that often helped progress the plot because of her interactions with Dan Tae. I do wish she had a bit more personality, but it did feel like it was mostly Dan Tae’s story we were watching. He was the one that grew, while she remained that same passionate woman, just with more duties at work.

I also found their relationship to be more like friends that had potential of romance and the last episode was definitely rushed in that aspect. I think she had more chemistry with Hancheol (Cha Sunwoo/Baro), but I might be biased because he was so considerate and sweet โ™ฅ And to be honest Dan Tae also had better chemistry with the second lead female – Bae Ya Chae (Kang Byul)… For the romance, there definitely needed to be more episodes.

Overall, I was forced to keep watching to see what strange antics our characters – mainly Dan Tae – would get up to next. It’s always fun to know that our main lead can’t hold his liquor because you know it’s going to be funny! And while I didn’t much care for the plot, I still enjoyed the friendships grown or solidified by the process of saving this company. We even had betrayal! *gasp*

It’s not a great drama and I doubt I’ll really remember it for that long, but for what it was it was amusing. And it took my mind of finishing Find Me in Your Memory which has gotten sad and I’m scared of how overworked my tear ducts will be ๐Ÿ˜‚


Ratings:

  • Plot: 4
  • Acting: 7
  • Production: 7
  • Enjoyment: 6

Overall Rating: 6/10!


Credits:

  • Written by: Kim Dong Kyu
  • Directed by: Kim Sang Woo
  • Running time:
  • Release date: 10th July โ€“ 15th August, 2019
  • Network: MBN

Have you seen Level Up? What were your thoughts? Do you like gaming? I feel like I play boring ones, especially now that consoles are so expensive!

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe โ™ฅ

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25 yrs old// British// Kdrama loverโ™ฅ

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