Chicago Typewriter Review

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Amateur Review and Praise for the 2017 Korean drama entitled "Chicago Typewriter"

Submitted: August 15, 2017

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Submitted: August 15, 2017






“Writers that lived under Japanese rule in the 1930's are reincarnated into a bestselling writer who is in a slump, a mysterious ghost writer and an anti-fan of the bestselling writer.”


Chicago Typewriter may have ended a couple of months ago but its effect is just starting to take over me and I love it so much I won’t stop gushing about it so here goes my little “review” and words of praise for the drama. Upon reading the shows description its initial premise instantly sparked an interest in me for a writer as a central character or basically any writing related plots fascinates me but I am regretting watching it just now. In fact this the first drama that I watched because of the plot alone not because my favourite stars are in there or because it is the talk of the town and wondered why it is a bit underrated.



Chicago Typewriter isn’t just a romantic story it transcends more than just that, it is a wonderful tale of friendship who knows no bounds and sacrificial love to the point of death. It is the type of friendships that a lifetime won’t suffice but will be able to live through the next and more to come. This is also a fresh take in the two-best-friends-who-fell-in-love-with-one-girl stories as no competition of such took place just brotherly love and respect for each other. The show is cryptic and vague and offers more than what our eyes may see, it encourages us the viewers to think. The foreshadowing’s are well placed and well hinted without spilling the beans and ruining the show’s essence. Its storyline is expertly and wonderfully written with its fast paced but slow building process. Alongside the humour to shed light to its already dark and tragic plot. The show remained unpredictable and intensely calm as new suspicion arises each episode. The transition between the present time and the 1930’s past blended naturally well without looking forced or awkward, as their past lives sends a strong political message of resistance.



The characters were written in a very detail oriented way with story arcs in both present and past periods and character development that help them shape as they are. We all felt what it is like to be in their shoes so I never actually loathed them. The actors gave justice into bringing to those complicated roles to life and they did an amazing job into clearly dividing the line into their past lives and current ones. Yoo Ah In as a chief character made his acting expertise as the heart of the show from cocky and conceited Han Se Joo to reserve and mysterious Seo Hwi Young his acting chops is notable. Im Soo Jung is lovely as the muse of the two male leads with a dark past of her own, she is bubbly as Jeon Seol but badass as Ryu Soo Hyun. Go Kyung Pyo’s portrayal of Yoo Jin Oh/ Shin Yul is painfully beautiful as he plays a ghost who resides in the typewriter. Most of my tears were because his character. Every detail about this characters were expressed beautifully by these even more amazing actors.



This drama overall is a visual feast for every bibliophiles as books were always a part of the backdrop, it is aesthetically pleasing with gorgeous cinematography and meticulously shot camera techniques. Even the lighting helps conveys the scene it implies. The vintage setting is well executed and put together with lovely antique looking set design and props such as the typewriter itself. One thing that absolutely won me over this show is the soundtrack which is musically scored nicely and works perfectly with whatever scene that is taking place and never fails to trigger an emotion into the viewers.



If I were to describe the ending I would say it is heart-warming. Chicago Typewriter ended beautifully with its heart touching resolutions though we never actually got the chance to seen the resolutions to a few minor characters, the main leads got their individual closures. The scene were Yoo Jin Oh disappears is executed in a simple but well manner, it doesn’t have and doesn’t need those dramatic background music and tear jerking banters of direct goodbye he just plainly disappears before Se Joo’s eyes and before our eyes. For all we know that he vanishing is inevitable we are just waiting for it to happen and it happened in the simplest way. Also the final scene is the most heart-warming and relieving one. It feels so good to see the three of them together with nothing but genuine happiness and pure laughter in the air and moment to share.

Chicago Typewriter doesn’t have heart-wrenching good byes because they know that it was just a beginning of a new story yet to unfold. This is definitely on my top favourite Kdrama list ever and totally a must watch for everyone, highly recommended. And in my own opinion one of the best dramas of 2017.

Rating: 9.5/10


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