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Review of A Bittersweet Life
by billy osmond
Posted on July 18th, 2018
Positive 7
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hear me out on this one, this is a good revenge film. however, this cannot go toe to toe with the juggernaut which is i saw the devil, or even one round with the man from nowhere. and the reason is... emotional weight. a bittersweet life contains only ugly people doing ugly things (sorry lee byung-hun, i know you're gorgeous) but, i just don't care about ruthless rich mob people, unless you give me a reason too-hence why they had to shoehorn the innocent/beautiful love interest. this doesn't gel well with me and feels tacked on to a movie that does not need it. this is an ugly world these characters have created for themselves and they have no business mingling elsewhere. all that they had to do was chop out the romantic plot and have the lead make an actual business mistake that costs the boss money, since it's all about money, power and respect for these people. this would have felt more natural and contained all of the same elements which make this movie great. i still wouldn't have felt sympathy for these characters, but would have enjoyed it much more for its simplistic approach, instead i feel cheated-much like the boss. i saw the devil takes a good person and pushes him to the limits of sanity. you feel for him because his loss, you root for him because the villain is the devil, and you pray for him to restrain himself before he's broken. it's intense as fuck. the man from nowhere takes a broken and/or lost man who has probably done unspeakable things in the name of good, and gives him a reason to fight for something seriously right, yet quenching personal demons. not only do you care about him, but you care even more for the young girl he wants to protect. their relationship, is taken to the extreme-which leads to some serious stakes and one hell of an emotional roller coaster. all these films are superb and i recommend watching them all, but a bittersweet life is more of a bitter life with artificial sweetener added-so i will be having a drink with the other 2 korean revenge films in my life. sorry, i'm just not that into you. dumped! lol
billy osmond
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