Sunday, July 6, 2014
A revenge story might be a very simple thing to develop once framed well, but building a good emotional connection to the heroes and aversion for the villains can be difficult to pull off. Past that hurdle, it is easier to follow certain steps that build up to the goal of justice being served. 'The Joseon Shooter' does give the basic elements an introduction to such a story requires, but it does have a couple of issues which keep it from feeling as grand and engaging as it could have been.
One thing that is noticeable right away is that the series has a nice presentation. There is a bit of an issue with the overuse of computer generated special effects and also some distracting sound effects, but other than that, this is a visually and aurally pleasing work. The sets and costumes, the environment and all the props are used well, making the world feel inhabited and alive. Weapons being an integral part of the story, the battles and the objects used get some of the nicest eye-candy shots, promising quite an exhilarating and action-packed future. Likewise, the PDs are good with more character-based and emotional moments, taking a less flashy, less fast-paced approach and letting the performances and writing carry the interactions. While the scale does feel a bit small and perhaps smartly so, given the channel's problems with "Inspiring Generation" and its budget earlier this year, it does not feel overly cheap in any way.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama First Look] "The Joseon Shooter".