I know I’m in the minority with this review, but I absolutely did NOT like Coffee Prince. I normally enjoy gender bending stories. I remember wishing as a little girl that I could run away and join the Three Musketeers as their knave. Unfortunately, this series was like a cup of coffee you grab from the break room. Since it’s free you might as well give it a try, but it’s too terrible to finish.
Maybe since the series premiered in 2007, cameras back then couldn’t provide the high def images we’re used to seeing now, but everything onscreen just looked blah. From the boring coffee house uniforms (black and white) to the oily skin and open pores on every actor’s face during close-up shots, it made me wonder what the DoP had in mind.
Combined with his ineptitude in running a small business and his inherent laziness because he’s a rich boy, I couldn’t understand why the female lead Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) was supposed to be attracted to him. Yoon’s a super sexy lady.
His super deep voice got on my nerves, and his annoying ex girlfriend, Han Yoo-joo, seemed to serve no purpose but to make everyone else’s life miserable, but because she was deemed too “fragile” nobody called her out on her princess behavior.
The one redeeming quality of this series was the coffee shop’s pretty boy waffle chef, No Sun-ki (Kim Jae Wook). But he’s a minor character with minimal dialogue.
So basically I watched the first few episodes, skipped the middle, fast forwarded through the final episode, and have no idea why this series is so popular. There’s no chemistry between Yoon and Gong Yoo. Almost every scene takes place at the coffee house location which is about as interesting to look at as a block of wood. The second male lead is forgettable and never really an obstacle for the main couple. And while Eun-chan is a hardworking lead heroine, she doesn’t have any spark or charm that makes the viewer want to care if she succeeds in life or not.
Cons: See above