tvN has premiered its new drama “Maestra: Strings of Truth” which is based on a French television series named “Philharmonia” that aired in 2019. The series was well-received and notably has favorable reviews.
Note: this article is a first-impression review, it doesn’t mean this is the writer’s final thoughts on the drama. This is a spoiler review.
So how does the Korean remake fair in comparison?
At the helm of the drama is the fantastic Lee Young Ae who attracted attention for choosing this particular drama as her first in two years.
She’s surrounded by amazing talented actors, both veterans and promising, and the results are beautiful, thus far.
The drama is indeed very dramatic but not in an over-the-top way. I liked the premiere episodes and found the concept of a female conductor intriguing enough on its own but the casting is the icing on the cake.
Whats also interesting is how this drama is going to be 12 episodes when the original was only 6. They doubled the run time which can swing in either direction depending on how talented the screenwriters are.
Taking a look at whose writing this, there are two names on Namu Wiki, one of them is Hong Jung-Hee, and they only wrote short dramas. And I mean SHORT, as in one episode only. Which is…. Can be… potentially…. Not good.
Going from writing very short projects to a 12-episode drama is not easy but at least its not one person, its two, so you have two different perspectives, hopefully, to guide this work.
I feel this drama will be filled with dark secrets and I like how the main female lead, Se-Eum, is not necessarily ‘nice’ as you’d expect from first female leads, which gives me hope and makes me wonder what she’d do to maintain the orchestra.
She has a crazy man tracking her down. This is the type of ex-boyfriend that you pray to God you never run into again or NEVER meet in the first place. Being this obsessed with someone more than 20 years later is definitely concerning.
I am interested in seeing how the husband will tackle Jeong-Jae, will he cave in or fight head-on? Jeong-Jae is the crazy type and there is no telling what he’d do to get what he wants.
On one side, I am loving the chemistry between Jeong-Jae and Se-Eum, but I definitely don’t want them to end up together, the man is CARAZZZZY.
Lee Mu-Saeng shines here, immediately, he’s gripping. The crazy look in his eyes, how does he do it? You can tell the character is a loose cannon and ain’t in his right mind, and I LOVE IT. I love such types of performances. I love it when an actor gives an amazing villain performance. He did some villain roles before, and oh my God, he’s always amazing in them, so glad he’s playing one here too.
Lee Young Ae shines here too, the talented woman she is.
There is also the rising actress Hwang Boreumbyeol who is pulling her weight in opposite her much older and more experienced peers. I expect her to achieve great things in the future. I liked her performance thus far.
I don’t know what to expect from “Maestra: Strings Of Truth” but I know this, I am SO here for it.
so what did you guys think of Maestra: Strings Of Truth premiere?