Saturday, March 10, 2012

Movie Review: Cyrano Agency (2010)

Continuing in my crazy two-review night, I will continue with the romantic comedy, Cyrano Agency. If there was an agency like this in my town, life would've been a lot easier. Or would it?

Cyrano Agency is a love agency where four actors will help you in making the person you want fall in love with you. The name Cyrano was based on the French play Cyrano de Bergerac, a man with an awfully large nose, who writes poems to his lover under the name of a more handsome friend. Under the guidance of the agency, a person will get a script, just like in the movies, so they can swoon their lover with the perfect phrases. Problem arises when Sang-yong (Choi Daniel), an awkward and nerdy man, asks the agency to hook him up with Hee-jong (Lee Min-jung), who was in fact the ex-lover of the agency leader, Byung-hoon (Uhm Tae-woong).

Cyrano takes a parody on romantic stories and setting them in a realistic form of life. We all know how the stories go, where the hero will sweep in the girl with his manly arms and whispering sweet, sweet words into her ears. We will often then start fantasizing these scenes into our daily lives. In fact, doing what they do in dramas might be such a bad idea. In the beginning, it may be sweet, but as a relationship deepens, the cracks will open the real man inside who may not be as bright or shiny. And in the end, an act is just an act and can't last forever.

That's only one part of the movie. On the other hand, Byung-hoon struggles to keep his jealousy out of his business. We don't know why he was so against the Sang-yong case, but we later find out bit by bit. It was hilarious in the beginning when Byung-hoon led Sang-yong astray just so he won't end up with the girl. But you just know that in the end honesty beats the jealous man-rage. Oops, I think that was a spoiler.

Just like probably 90% of romantic stories out there, this movie was quite predictable. That's what you get when you have a movie with the mainstream appeal. The movie did rake in over 2 million tickets, which is quite impressive. It's light, and funny at times, and overall charming. But did it rock my world? Not really. Like many rom-coms, it's typical and forgettable.

If you want to watch something that's enjoyable without wrapping your head around a complicated plot or complex characters, this movie should do the trick. The story has its surprises but aren't all too unexpected. The actors are charming, and bonus, very pretty and handsome. It's a movie with enough charm and sweetness that could last a whole 110 minutes. Not entirely recommended, but if you have a chance to watch it, you won't hate yourself for doing so.

Final verdict: 7/10

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