I really don’t mean to nitpick on Gu Family Book but the entire production is like Monet and its hard to merely view from a distance when a thoughtful viewer’s urge would be to look deeper and understand more. The acting and script bumpiness aside, I really want to talk about PD Shin Wool Chul, the man behind the camera for this drama. Every week the network releases very pretty stills of the upcoming two episodes, usually featuring Kang Chi and Yeol Wool, because let’s face it most people want those two nice kids to have a happy ending and Lee Seung Gi and Suzy are currently selling like hot cakes in Korea. Nothing wrong with that, I lub them, too. So when those stills are released, like the ones here in this post showing upcoming scenes with Kang Chi and Yeol Wool embracing in an light-diffused storage shed, it just looks so romantic and pretty. And innocent, the entire mood permeating this OTP is a sense of wholesome innocence, whether that is taking into account Suzy being so young or that is the romantic angle the writer wanted to take. But every time I tune in to watch the actual scene in action, PD Shin just ruins it. He over-directs in the oddest ways, with very distracting cutaways that ruin the flow. He is really one of my favorite PDs, not a auteur like Kwak Jung Hwan (Chuno, Conspiracy in the Court), or Lee Jae Kyu (The King 2 Hearts, Damo), but he directed all of Kim Eun Sook‘s dramas and her City Hall being my favorite not withstanding, I actually liked the directing of all those dramas and the ones I had issues with were with her writing. GFB is PD Shin’s first foray into sageuk territory and perhaps that is the reason for this glaring lapse in directorial touches. I’m not sure he’s directing GFB like it was a modern drama (though the action sequences are spectacularly bad here), but he seems to be unsure of his decisions so the camera does too much at once. I’m close to chalking Suzy’s wooden performance up to his bad directing, because she’s so young she needs a great PD to help her frame a scene and her actions and he’s not doing it. Same goes for Lee Seung Gi not hitting it as nuanced as he did in TK2H, Lee Jae Kyu really is a phenomenal actor-directing PD in addition to his cinematic eye, he was the one who turned a young Ha Ji Won from bug-eyed villainous second female lead to bona fide leading lady with gravitas in Damo a decade ago. GFB would have benefited from a seasoned sageuk veteran PD.