I’ve been wanting to do reviews for a while, but could never bring myself to sit down and write out a full formal review, so I’ll be going with informal reviews~
This is a review on Along with the Gods, which I mistyped as Against the Gods a couple posts back.
Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds – Korean Movie
Tags: Action, Fantasy, Slice of Life
When a person reaches the Afterlife, they are judged 7 times over the course of 49 days—tried by deceit, indolence, injustice, betrayal, violence, murder, and filial impiety. Only the souls who pass all trails are reincarnated.
An ordinary fireman named Kim Ja-hong dies, and three guardians (that’s the term the sub I watched used), Gang-lim, Haewonmak, and Lee Deok-choon are in charge of defending him in the seven trials. Throughout the movie, it’s revealed that Kim Ja-hong’s life isn’t as simple and heroic as it seemed and we see hints of the guardians’ pasts as they struggle for their own reasons to help Kim Ja-hong through the trials.
This film is based on a webtoon by Joo Ho-min, Along with the Gods.
This film was shot as one but presented in two parts. The first part, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, was released on December 20, 2017. The sequel, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days, was released on August 1, 2018.
Cha Tae-hyun as Kim Ja-hong
Ha Jung-woo as Gang-rim
Ju Ji-hoon as Haewonmak
Kim Hyang-gi as Lee Deok-choon
Super 养眼(nourishing for the eyes) photoshoot article here!
Impression: What I liked most about it was the beautiful graphics, strong sense of adventure, and the intense emotional appeal of the movie.
To me, it feels like the movie is heavily sensitory. With almost all movies, everything feels a little too rushed and concise because they have to condense the plot into 2 hours or less. This movie brings us through 7 hells, and have to do it in 2 hours, so it feels really fast-paced.
The general progression is: This is the nth hell, the trial should be easy since you’re a paragon, off you go. *kicks the main character into the hell* *mc ticks off the god* *trial goes to shit* *guardians save the day* *run towards the next hell while complaining* (I’m like ‘what?’ as a viewer, can’t imagine what it’d be like to be the main character).
However, the movie does a pretty good job rising to the main climax which made me sob in the computer lab (and probably made the other people who wanted to cry while working hard on their computer science projects want to kill me).
The only character who was really fleshed out a bit more was the main character (but the main character pretty much did nothing the entire movie, it was all about his past). The other characters were very stiff, like typical (I’d like to say manga, but I guess) webtoon characters.
Haewonmak, for example, is characterized as a dumb, rash, and thoughtless character, and that image doesn’t budge even a bit through the entire movie.
On the other hand, Gang-rim is hinted to have a deeper character, but it doesn’t go into details, so at the end of the movie, I really wanted to know more, which was probably the point because then I googled and found out there was a part 2 (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any subbed version of it.)
Overall though, I was fully entertained for the two hours I watched this while prepping chapter posts, so it’s good to watch (+5), has some meaning (+1), no seriously annoying points (+0.5), and good graphics and acting (+0.5). Haha, I’d give it an 7/10 (now you know how I grade my fellow students).