Regardless of how some viewers may find that Pretty‘s narrative “ended” with the discovery of Hye-jin’s true identity and the reunion of the lovebirds, I still find Pretty very much a nice watch. Suitable for cool, autumn-ry days, cos it juz gives you that fuzzy, warm feeling.
Besides that, Pretty has stuck close to its main theme of “hiding”: from the Renoir puzzle, the various hidden identities of Hye-jin/Ha-ri, Poong-ho and Shin-hyuk, and even drawing it to bigger ideas like how behind the glitz and glam of the entertainment (or in this case, fashion magazine) industry, there are a bunch of “hidden shadows” who work hard to ensure that the magical gleam we see doesn’t fade.
And I like how Pretty‘s narrative gives a little nod of appreciation to those behind-the-scenes people, lending the whole story even more warm fuzziness beyond that of our OTP Sung-joon/ Hye-jin’s romance. So while Sung-joon found Hye-jin way before Pretty ends, I find myself still worried about the crisis brewing in The Most magazine’s editorial team. Cos frankly, while Pretty may be about our OTP and them having to re-discover each other after 20 years, it’s also more than that. I think I’m not the only one who has grown fond of Most’s rather entertaining bunch of workers — from the wacko, Lady Gaga-wannabe, Kim Ra-ra, to the sugarly sweet lovebirds, Han-sul/ Joon-woo.
Not to forget Hye-jin and Ha-ri’s relationship. I’m glad Pretty gives us a sisterly-friendship in place of the usual bromance (though Sung-joon and Shin-hyuk’s more-than-colleagues relationship borders on that). Even though Ha-ri mistakenly falls into the trap she laid for herself, she doesn’t have any malicious intent. I see it as “misguided” mainly. Cos logically, there is no way she can keep up the pretense. Not with Sung-joon also realising he doesn’t love “his Hye-jin” like before.
All in all, Pretty has been a very fun, “low-threat” watch. There’s no scary takeovers, no annoying, bitchy second female lead, and no deep, dark secrets. Perfect for the occasional chilly autumn day. The only, littlest complaint I might have is Shin-hyuk/ Ha-ri didn’t manage to pair up at the end. But then, there’s hope — Shin-hyuk has returned to Korea and we had Hye-jin narrating earlier that their paths cross, for a reason.