Ahhh. How I love this drama. Weightlifting Fairy is the Mary
Poppins of kdramas: Practically Perfect in Every Way.
If you have not watched
this gem of a drama (ahem, my fellow admins, I am looking at you) you should. Afterwards
if you want to immediately rewatch it…well, I wouldn’t blame you.
Weightlifting Fairy stars Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo, a
weightlifting college student with a bright personality. Nam Joo Hyuk (who is
quickly becoming one of my favorite younger actors) plays Jung Joon Hyung a collegiate
swimmer who is very good, but has some issues with false starts in
competitions. They meet and soon realize that they went to elementary school
together. A friendship begins…
What do I like about Weightlifting Fairy?
Friendships: Kim Bok Joo is one third of a trio of
weightlifting besties. They are SWAG. Jung Joon Hyung is BFFs with his roommate
and fellow swimmer. I love that Bok Joo and Joon Hyung consistently make their
friendships a priority.
Humor: In the same vein that the Reply series has the goat
sound effect, Weightlifting Fairy has the “WHAT?!” sound effect. I have found
myself waiting for it in other dramas (most recently, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.)
Chemistry: Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk (who were both
also in Cheese In The Trap) have wonderful onscreen chemistry. They have moved
into one of the top spots for my favorite kdrama couples. But it’s not just
them. The entire cast is great.
Plot: It doesn’t drag. It doesn’t frustrate you for multiple
episodes over an easily solved miscommunication. It doesn’t go off on rabbit trails. It’s well
written, cute, and honestly pretty true to life in the way the relationships
Normally, I’d have a section on things I didn’t like or what
I felt could be better. But I don’t really have anything negative to say about
Weightlifting Fairy………….nope. I got nuthin.
Weightlifting Fairy is a story of family, friendship, and
first love. And futures. It is heartwarming and adorable and a host of other good
adjectives. You will not regret watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. And
bonus, it’s complete, so you can marathon it!