Saturday, January 25, 2020

Kdrama Review: Memories of the Alhambra

Drama: Memories of the Alhambra
Genre: Romantic Thriller Fantasy
Starring: Hyun Bin, Park Shin Hye
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

This is a drama from last year or the year before I think, and everyone was talking about it, but I heard mixed reviews, so I was a little scared to go for it. But we decided to watch it as a family for our holiday "binge" watch (one episode a night for the full two weeks) and let me just say, it's not good to listen to "what everyone is saying" all the time. Because this drama was amazing, and even if most didn't like the final 10 seconds of the drama perhaps, it shouldn't make or break the rest of the show.

Know what I mean?

That's all to say, I'm really glad I finally watched it.

It's about this sort of obnoxious rich CEO dude who runs a company that makes contact lenses that when you put them in your eyes, you are put right into a virtual reality game.... a game that you play out on the street that feels so REAL you can't hardly even believe it.

He goes to Granada Spain to track down the kid who created this game, who calls him frantically in the middle of the night about something terrible that's happening. Our CEO dude goes, and plans to make a deal with the kid to buy the game, but he cannot find this kid. The kid mysteriously has disappeared.

Instead, he finds the family of this kid, (particularly his sister) and in investigating the game (in order to buy it) he ends up getting all wrapped up in it himself, and he ends up fighting (through the game) his former friend, now turned rival.

The game gets really messed up from here, and pretty much takes over the CEOs life and pretty much tries to kill him, over and over and over again.

And of course our girl gets involved, and things will never be the same for her again either.

Wow, it's WAY too complicated to sum up nicely!

But basically, we have this crazy game, the romance developing, mysteries to solve, magic, epic musical score, sweeping beautiful magical cinematography, amazing acting, scary villains, sword fights, history and present day all mixed up together, suspense edge of your seat-ness.... all in the backdrop of Granada Spain. Some parts they move back to Korea, but much of this is filmed in Granada, which is very unusual.

I really enjoyed it a lot!

It's on Netflix. Here's the trailer:


 And the song with more clips:


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