Ode to my Father (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Ode to my Father
Tugging shamelessly yet persuasively on the heartstrings, "Ode to My Father" is an epic South Korean melodrama capturing more than half a century of recent history through the eyes of an everyman shopkeeper.
"Ode to My Father" may have slain them in South Korea, but its packaged pain and bullet-point structure are likely to leave Western audiences cold.
Everything is lathered with a syrupy, string-laden musical score designed to gnaw at a viewer's tear ducts. It's about as subtle as having an off-screen narrator yell "Start crying!" before big scenes, and probably as effective.
Hwang is excellent in his portrayal of the selfless everyday man. Lost alumnus Kim Yun Jin, who plays Deok Soo's wife, is amazing too.
It's too bad the treatment of Capt. LaRue will likely put off those who are familiar with him as a historical figure, because the work of Hwang and Oh give Ode real heart.
Audience Reviews for Ode to my Father
I deeply admire what Youn Jk wants to say with this moving, compelling story, I only find it a pity that he tries too hard to draw a strong emotional response from the viewer and cares too much about the aesthetics of his film as though he's eager to show that there is a director behind it.
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