A Close Friend – Who’s Only Just A Friend – | Review Score – 3/5
I Need A Room & You Have Many – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Fretting about Someone – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Guy You Told Me About – | Review Score – 4/5
Saying I Like You – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Confession Day – | Review Score – 3.5/5
A Rain Shower – | Review Score – 4/5
Turning Point – | Review Score – 4/5
Heartwarming, amusing and chock full of drama, My First First Love is everything you’d expect a Korean Drama to be. Despite getting off to a bit of a rocky start, the show soon eases into its romantic story, stacking up layers of drama and comedy with each passing episode. At the heart of this one are two lifelong friends, Song-I and Tae-O who are joined by a host of colourful characters as they embark on a journey into the world of romance and friendship.
The story itself begins with Tae-O inheriting his Grandfather’s house. After several years have passed, the 22 year old realizes living alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After an opening episode used to establish the main characters of the show, the rest of the series see all the characters converging together at Tae-O’s house, slowly growing closer together whilst love triangles, secrets and close friendships blossom between them all. At the centre of this wave of good vibes are Tae-O and Song-I who play the “will they/won’t they?” romantic trope throughout the show. As both parties grow closer together whilst exploring relationships with other people, the show keeps you guessing right through to the end whether these two will finally get together or not.
Stylistically, My First First Love sticks closely to a lot of the usual Korean tropes you’d expect from a show like this. The stock music is used well, highlighting the slapstick and dramatic moments, whilst some of the camera movements and quick cuts are surprisingly well positioned. It is worth noting though that some of the flashbacks in the first episode are quite confusing and don’t blend well into the episode whilst other times some comedic scenes linger on a fraction too long.
Ultimately though it’s the characters that really make this show as enjoyable as it is. All the actors have a great chemistry together and whether it be the comedic duo of Oh Ga-Rin and Choe Hun or the respectful and interesting connection Song-I and Do-Hyeon share, there’s enough here to add an extra dimension of intrigue to almost every scene between the different characters.
My First First Love certainly won’t be for everyone though. If you’ve never been a fan of Korean dramas this one is unlikely to change your mind. It’s silly, very cheesy and at times outright bonkers but yet there’s a sensitive, dramatic core to this one that keeps things interesting and feeling fresh throughout. It’s not perfect, and there’s certainly better Korean options out there, but there’s enough here to make for a really engaging and enjoyable series nonetheless, one well worth checking out if you’re in the mood for some feel-good drama or romance.
Verdict - 7/10