Tomorrow With You is a fantasy romantic comedy about a time traveler (Lee Je Hoon) and his wife (Shin Min Ah). After seeing his death in the future, the time traveler discovers a mysterious connection with a woman and enters into marriage with her to try and prevent it. But the closer he grows to her, he realizes how much his life is hurting her and tries to figure out the best way to love and protect her.
Tomorrow With You was a pretty unique kdrama for me. Foremost, I would consider it a true romance drama. Although we do see plenty of romantic comedies, this one just had such a heavy focus on our main couple pretty much right from the get go.
Lee Je Hoon is adorably awkward as our time traveler Yoo So Joon. He’s such a sweet guy, but the burden of knowing the future ways heavy on him. His life becomes consumed with the future and saving his wife from heartache and death. It’s difficult to see how much fear and pain he carries with him.
I adored Lee Je Hoon in this role. He beautifully portrayed the complexities of So Joon’s character. He was sweet, happy, and in love, but at the same time he was riddled with fear over how to prevent his tragic future. Lee Je Hoon just completely drew me into this character.
Shin Min Ah has her signature charm as Song Ma Rin. She’s funny and adorable with such a pure innocence to her personality. She is also so dedicated and loyal, and I enjoyed seeing just how much she loved So Joon.
I always love Shin Min Ah, but this was definitely one of my favorite roles of hers. Her character goes on quite the journey of growth as she experiences love and heartache. She’s such an endearing character that we see go from somewhat helpless to being very take charge. It was a beautiful journey.
We then have So Joon’s time traveler sunbae Doo Shik (Jo Han Chul). He’s a bit of an odd fellow, but he has helped So Joon with his time traveling abilities over the years. He’s also a man that is full of secrets, and it leaves the audience and So Joon wondering just what he is thinking and what he is up to.
I don’t even know where to begin when describing So Joon and Ma Rin as a couple. First, they are completely adorable together! They both display so much cuteness with each other and have an abundance of delicious skinship. They were just too cute!
I also loved going on the journey with them as they got to know each other in such a realistic way. Even their earliest interactions that were very raw and awkward felt so real and deep.
And I have to say, Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah had a ridiculous amount of chemistry! I mean the way they looked at each other sometimes was beyond intense. They were the kind of looks that completely sent my heart racing. I’m used to heart fluttering moments, but this was more like heart pounding!
I’m also used to a more easy going kind of chemistry with most kdrama couples. And while they definitely had that, these two just had something that completely drew me into them in such a serious way. I get chills just writing about it!
But as much as I loved the main couple, the drama had some big negatives for me. First, everything outside of our main couple just felt really meh for a really long time. Supporting characters were adequate, but I felt little for them. Although I do think they improved as the drama went along, I still just never really connected to them.
The first half of the drama also ended up being very much on the slow side. Even though the stakes for our couple are very high right from the very beginning, the drama sort of meanders along and has a very laid back sort of feel. It’s like the drama just wasn’t able to convey the layer of suspense that was running in the background. Sometimes things were even outright boring.
But then a scene would come along where the emotions were flowing and the plight of our characters would just burst forth in such a gripping way, and I would be fully invested. It’s just too bad the drama couldn’t seem to sustain this or at least balance it better with the other elements of the drama.
But even during this, I was always glued to the screen when Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah were together, which thankfully is a lot of the time. As I gushed about them above, I just loved everything about them. Their chemistry. Their rawness. Their realness. Their pain. Everything. But even they had many scenes that just sort of sauntered along. If I didn’t love everything about them, it probably would have bothered me. The first half of the drama definitely could have benefited from a tighter script.
But just after the middle of the drama, it seemed to get a firm hold onto how to execute the suspense element. Suddenly, the stakes did feel very high, and So Joon and Ma Rin go through some very emotional and poignant challenges. Everything was balanced so much better.
Of course, the time travel element was extremely fascinating. It can be difficult to pull off a good story that makes sense while fitting within certain time travel rules. Of course, it’s not perfect, but I think this drama did it beautifully. I really enjoyed how the story consistently peeled back its layers throughout the drama. There was a lot of thought that went into the details of how everything would connect from beginning to end.
We see scenes early on where So Joon goes to the future trying to figure things out. Both him and the audience are left wondering how the characters ended up where they were in the future and why they say and do certain things. All of these scenes eventually come full circle as we learn how everything fits into the puzzle. It was all done remarkably well.
Overall, Tomorrow With You was such a compelling drama. Despite some major issues with the pacing and story development in the beginning, it blossomed into a wonderfully suspenseful romantic thriller.
Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah had sizzling chemistry right from the get go, and they fully embodied their characters in such a real and complete way. Their love story was both heart wrenching and heart warming. I loved this couple so much, and I’m glad I went along with them on their time traveling romance journey.
My Rating: 7/10
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