Mr. Queen is a South Korean drama that was released in 2020 and is available on Netflix. it’s a historical comedy-drama that was created by Yoon Sung-Sik, Jang Yang-ho, Park Gye-ok, and Choi A-ii. The drama has a total of 20 episodes each having a run time of more than an hour and a half.
Mr. Queen, as much as the title may sound weird, the story too is strange and intriguing. This unique and exciting set-up of the drama is one of the main reasons the audience will stay loyal to the show till the end. The series delivers the story of an arrogant chef in present-day Korea, called Bong-Hwan whose body gets swapped with a woman called So-Yong who lived in the Joseon era. The most interesting part other than this is that she is the soon-to-be Queen and is also going to marry King Cheoljong. The drama sets a good story in the initial episode and the viewers will be excited and interested to know what will happen to both Bong-Hwan and So-Yong.
The plotline is the main catch of this drama. It broke the monotonous chain that Korean dramas were forming and also broke the usual plotlines that historical dramas adopt. With comedy and romance perfectly mixed out, this drama gives us a good time throughout the whole 20 episodes without a doubt. The drama opens in present-day Korea but then pushes us some 200 years back into the Joseon period, which will sort of make us compare both periods unconsciously. This not only makes the show interesting to watch but also intrigues us with how the present-day character will evolve in the body of a period woman.
Even though the 20 episodes might seem long, Mr. Queen delivers a lot of elements to focus on that we will hardly notice the extra 4 episodes it has compared to the other k-dramas. The drama has been able to create the perfect blend of comedy along with the tense scenes that the Joseon era brings in. All these make this drama a gem and a must-watch if you’re a K-drama lover.
There were many speculations about the drama bringing in LGBTQ elements. The ending of the drama especially drew attention since the way the story ended sort of divided the fans. It might be due to the various levels of expectations the fans must have had from both Bong-hwan and So-Yong. Therefore, it is better to enjoy the drama as a fictional piece and not get to the gender politics it might or might not have indicated.
Of course, the main leads Shin Hye-Sun and Kim Jung-Hyun has to be given credit for a major part in the success of the drama. The two could bring spectacular chemistry and they brought sparkles into the characters’ lives. Specially Shin Hye-Sun, who has taken extra efforts in bringing Bong-Hwan’s personality into So-yong’s.
The ending of the drama might not satisfy everyone. And this might be the only flaw that this show has. The drama does give us a bittersweet ending therefore this might leave the audience in a vague state of mind. Nevertheless, the drama is otherwise filled with comedy and fun elements to entertain us throughout. The comedy stands out in this drama and since it is paired up with a historical plot it is even better to watch and enjoy.
Mr. Queen, therefore, is a huge success in terms of characters, plotline, acting, and also music. Viewers who are not into historical dramas can certainly give this a try and change their perception of period dramas. This drama is an epitome of romantic comedy and a laugh is guaranteed in all ways. Mr. Queen will just give you a joyful time through all 20 episodes therefore should certainly be added to your must-watch list.
Final Score – [9.5/10]
Reviewed by - Poornima Balsu
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