ART MUSEUM BY THE ZOO: 'Meet Cute' Drag
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? The term 'meet cute' is often used by movie reviewers to describe the funny way would-be lovers meet in romantic comedies. These 'meet cute' scenes are usually done to set up the romance between the leads. However, in "Art Museum By The Zoo" (a movie for the Korean Film Fest in Malaysia) the 'meet cute' sequences take up the whole movie, dragging on the inevitable conclusion that audiences would have drawn within the first few minutes...
With nowhere to go, Chul-su is forced to accept Chun-hee's invitation to bunk in with her for the duration of his leave. This, however, is not that Chun-hee is in need of the soldier's company; it is because he has paid the rent for the month as he had thought Da-hye was living there. Another reason may be that she needs his help with a movie script that she is writing for a contest. Anyway, it soon becomes clear that the reluctant flat-mates are falling in love with each other - but neither would realise it, much less admit it.
The one factor that makes this effort by writer-director Lee Jeong-hyang tolerable is the performance of Shim Eun-ha, the South Korean equivalent of Meg Ryan. She has an easy chemistry with Lee Sung-jae, and has the audience eating out of her hand whenever she is on-screen. However, as we readily adore her, we can't help wondering why it is taking such a long time for Chul-su to make his move for her. Does he have ice water in his veins?