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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goblin" Episode 7

2016/12/23 | 3055 views | Permalink

So even though Eun-tak can see the sword for some reason she can't touch it, which leaves the plot of "Goblin" at an impasse, save for all the warm fuzzies prompted at the last cliffhanger. Once more the drama presents us with an unfortunate dilemma. Do we act annoyed because all of the magical rules seem to be made up as they go along, or do we allow ourselves to be wrapped up in the inherent prettiness of frozen snowfall?

The usual weird situation comedy antagonism between the Goblin and the Grim Reaper does admittedly skew that preference to the latter choice somewhat. The worst of it is that their behavior is rubbing off on Deok-hwa. Is that why he was sent to live with them, to learn how to overact and be sincere at the same time somehow? These characters are simultaneously upset and yet not really upset at all about the prospect of real change, possibly because they may not believe real change is possible.

This is admittedly a fairly useful perspective through which to view their world. Consider how the Goblin and the Grim Reaper are immortal. They're used to having way, way too much free time to just do whatever random arbitrary task, so what's it to them if the status quo is going to keep up a little while longer? And Eun-tak is too young to have much sense of time yet anyway. She's still working on school, archaic and quaint thought that notion must seem to the immortals.

Yet these very same immortals continue to be so...petty. I find it remarkable that, with access to all of the no doubt in amazing restaurants available in the far-off kingdom of Quebec, everyone in "Goblin" consistently manages to get all their food from two chain restaurants. Why, it's almost as if they're being paid to do so. Except that the immortal characters either have infinite money or no money, depending on which circumstance will provoke more humorous reactions.

Did you notice how that previous paragraph contained several radically different ideas, some serious, some not, while also being inconsistently sarcastic in such a way to make interpretation vaguely confusing? That's what the "Goblin" viewing experience is like. The best ironies tend to be the ones that aren't all that explicit- like why, of all the random movies to spotlight, the production team decided to go with "Train to Busan".

Review by William Schwartz

"Goblin" is directed by Lee Eung-bok, written by Kim Eun-sook and features Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Kim Go-eun, Yoo In-na, Yook Sung-jae, Lee El,..


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