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The Classic (2003) – English Review

Love that was never meant to be, love that is meant to be.

A young woman finds an old diary written by her mother. She will get a surprise after reading it.

Director Kwak Jae-young is the one who has given me some of the most memorable movies I’ve watched in the romantic comedy-drama genre. He’s made two of my favorite movies of all time in this genre, My Sassy Girl and Windstruck. My Sassy Girl is my favorite movie of all time. The Classic was his second movie after My Sassy Girl. After The Classic came Windstruck. What a triple!

The Classic is a little weaker compared to My Sassy Girl and Windstruck. But The Classic is a good movie where Jae-young Kwak uses the same old tricks that do the job. You will feel happy and sad, and I can guarantee you that this will be an emotional journey!

Kwak Jae-young is known for his excellent choices when he selects music for his movies. He has an ear for music that fits the scenes we see, and it’s always nice to hear Pachelbel’s Canon. The soundtrack is half of the movie experience in The Classic, as it was in My Sassy Girl and Windstruck. The same music is used repeatedly. Unfortunately, it gets repetitive in The Classic. Although the music is fantastic, it could have been more varied.

The Classic has some fun scenes with the best friends in the past. The chemistry between the couple is not convincing. The actors are good, but they lack chemistry. I didn’t quite believe that they were in love, which is a big problem.

Some scenes are too long, especially towards the end. Some of the longer scenes should have been trimmed down a bit. Kwak Jae-young isn’t a perfect director, as he shows in one of the battle scenes. This scene is laughable when the central character makes an idiotic choice that will change his life forever. The ending is also clichéd, but overall there are more positive sides than negative sides.

Kwak Jae-young has borrowed a lot from My Sassy Girl. Trains, lots of rain, an old man, soldiers, and some over-dramatic scenes. But it works. And again, Kwak Jae-young shows he’s one of the best directors in this genre when he was at his best.

Rating: 8/10

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