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Beautiful Gong Shim‘s excellence rides on the quirkiness of Dan-tae’s character, the depth of Namgoong Min’s acting, and the refreshing Minah as Gong Shim. The surrounding elements are clunky, but pale in comparison to the main couple.
The show’s strength is also its weakness. The main couple is blindingly bright while Dan-tae’s backstory, Joon-soo’s family issues, the hateful Gong Mi’s all around issues, and Gong Shim’s Family issues pale in comparison.