Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Movie Review: Hello Stranger

A work acquaintance of mine recommended this movie to me and I didn’t get around to watching it until recently. Being a rom-com and Asianovela fan I was curious about this but it took a while for me to get used to listening to the Thai language enough to enjoy the movie.

The story revolves around two Thai tourists in Korea. One was there to enjoy a trip he was supposed to take with his ex-girlfriend and the other was there to attend a friend’s wedding. During the course of their trip, they bare their hearts to each other and fall for each other in the process. Sadly, the relationship doesn’t progress because the guy gets back together with his ex-girlfriend, who followed him to Korea.

I’ve always wanted to visit Korea so that part of the movie was something I enjoyed. I also found the story relatable, particularly the part where the guy said that his girlfriend broke up with him because he wasn’t ready to get married. Letting someone you love go because you were afraid of taking the next step is something I know a little too well so the regret he was feeling was something I can empathize with.

The story of the girl who had the controlling boyfriend was something I could relate to that one too. I understood how it was liberating for her to be on the trip to Korea because it allowed her to be herself and find herself away from the influence of her boyfriend (who was not even cute by the way). Having gone on a trip with people I did not know and would never see again, I understand how you can learn more about who you are when you are with complete strangers. Without the influence of what they would think (because you will never see them again) or what they would expect (because you do not know them and they do not know you), you become free to just be you and that is a great feeling to have.

The movie did not end the way most predictable rom-coms end. The two characters did not end up together (spoiler!) and after time passed, the girl heard the guy on her favorite radio show talking about what happened to them. It was open-ended and left for the viewer to decide if the two ever met up after that. No matter what happened, I think it ended on a hopeful note and that was enough for me.

It was a good movie: there were a lot of romantic/feel-good moments but at the same time there were moments that made you think and reflect on the situations that they were in. I liked it a lot. I've read some reviews where the viewers wished for a part 2 but I don't think I would go that far. It was OK, but it was not life-changing. A good way to pass time but that's about it.

Has anyone else seen this movie? If you have, let me know what you think!

This is an old entry from my old blog, edited/updated for this one. Hope you liked it!



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