Not-So-Sweet Storytelling? Sweet Home Review

I’ve been watching Sweet Home, a South Korean show where people turn into monsters that take the form of their hidden desires.

I’ve heard many positive comments about this show, so I decided to check it out. After the first two episodes, I found out it was based on a popular Webtoon of the same name.

This show doesn’t disappoint. It has a fantastic premise; I would argue it’s a creative take on the zombie fab. The CGI is also of great quality. The show started off strong, but I began to get confused.

Why did this happen in the first place?

How do people get infected?

Why is Hyun-soo, the protagonist, supposedly immune? How does he control the virus?

I had more questions regarding our main protagonists as the story went on. Sweet Home also seemed like it focused heavily on the gory and violent scenes when I wondered why it was happening in the first place.

For example, Sang-wook, one of the main protagonists, beat a resident to death in the first few episodes. But why? From the flashbacks, I assume the resident did something horrible to him. But it was never fully explained. Everyone just became afraid of him.

I was also not a fan that Hyun-soo trusted an enemy so easily. This guy is also infected like Hyun-soo and easily convinces Hyun-soo to doubt the people he’s been with for the entire time.

The show does focus on working together and how humans can be even more barbaric than the monsters. It also highlights the tension between monsters and the hybrid-human like Hyun-soo.

These themes aren’t new, and the show does emphasize this well, though they were stressed near the end of the show. It would’ve been nice to have this development a little earlier.

For some reason, I wasn’t that invested in the character relationships. Maybe it was because the show jumped from character to character that made it confusing the follow.

Or, I didn’t feel any connection between the characters except for Jae-heon and Ji-soo. These two characters fought together from the very beginning until joining up with the rest of the group.

If I’m honest, I forgot how they even came together. But I can see why Jae-heon and Ji-soo would be fond of each other and their bond stronger than the other characters.

In a nutshell, I really enjoyed the beginning. It was thrilling, exciting, and scary. But, there wasn’t enough focus on the main protagonists.

It jumped from one character to another so quickly that there wasn’t enough time to develop them completely or understand their motivations.

There also wasn’t enough world-building to understand why things happen the way they did. It felt like the writers decided to infect people when they wouldn’t contribute to the main plot or just needed to kill some people off.

Still, the CGI was great, and I loved the different monsters that appeared.

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