Great for a Laugh, and for a Cry.
I watched this movie for three reasons. First, it was on Netflix and I had nothing better to do. Secondly, I'm supposed to be practicing my Korean since I'm heading off to Seoul in a few weeks. And Thirdly, the Trailer was hilarious and action packed with the slick styling of something from the Ocean's series. With that in mind as I began watching the movie, I found The Theives more than lived up to my expectations. It's certainly not the most compelling thing I have ever seen in my entire life, but it was definitely a treat to watch. It's a fantastic movie for it's action and adventure, for it's comedy, and even for the underlying drama that pushes the whole story along.
In case you haven't seen the trailer, it's right here, action packed to every pore. The relationships between all of the characters is what really got me. They're all incredibly well developed as people, and each have heart-wrenching backstories that make me fall in love over and over with each of them. The characters each take dramatic turns, in both their practical lives and the audience's understanding of who they are and how they should be thought of. Some of the good guys become bad guys, and some of them stay good guys but become guys you'd never see beyond professionally, and some become such sympathetic characters that you have to weep for them at least once before the end.
The part that most impressed me was how reasonable all of the character motivations were, especially once you learn what it was that provoked them. They're real people and they're rendered as beautifully complex human beings with flaws and obsessions and qualities that both damn and redeem them, sometimes those qualities do both simultaneously and that's the part that really gets me. They're so perfectly human. And yet, there's also the typical Kdrama swing of unreasonable sweetness layered into some of the relationships. The two on the right are particularly wonderful, Kim SooHyun playing Zampano and Jun JiHyun playing Yenicall. Their whole story, including how their stories are interwoven with the other characters', is just so beautiful.
The Movie's only downsides are little things. It's only a movie, but it manages to pack in as much detail as a Kdrama. That means that at points it does feel rushed, and at other times, it does feel like it's taking forever for something to happen as they develop the characters in perfect Kdrama style. Some of the decives employed are a bit unbelievable, but honestly, it's nothing to gripe about. For any movie in a genre like this, making the least bit of sense is rather impressive and this one definitely ties up the loose ends as well as could possible be expected.