Jimmy Lin returns to the big screen after 5 years and collaborates with Di Yao, Wu Ma, Eric Tsang in the new movie “If I Were You”.
“If I Were You” is the first Chinese romance comedy about mind-switching. Jimmy Lin and Di Yao play a couple who meet coincidentally and have a mind-switching experience after exposure to radioactive energy. The director Li Qi said this is a new attempt for Chinese movies. The story is a breakthrough.
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i wanted to be in love with this movie, like i loved secret garden. i found it stayed up late to watch it and was excited for gender bending time. after its done i feel like i wasted hours of my life.
- Overall 6
- Story 4
- Acting/Cast 6
- Music 4
- Rewatch Value 4
the story concept is similar to secret garden but the movie's attempt to balance comedy and drama is painful to watch. there were way too many times where the scene changed, the mood changed, or a random act occurred with no prep (music, a comment, foreshadowing, anything). It felt like the story was chopped into bits, so the characters would be discussing a matter, then the scene changes to the next day. this led to constant questions of: what happened to the issue at
hand? was it resolved? who gave in?.
on top of the story line confusion, the acting was inconsistent. sometimes the male lead would act like such a man that i had to wonder, oh did they switch back? i blame some of this on the writers they didn't give us enough time to know the characters before they switched.
amid the wreckage there were some bright spots; shots of comedy were pretty well placed throughout. so if the movie was getting awful a shot of comedy would draw you back with false hopes of it getting better. they did a lot of parodies (even secret garden)so those were really funny.
i wouldn't watch again, and if you love the concept I suggest you watch secret garden a 3rd time. Overall it had a great general concept, poor writing and poor execution. i gave it a 6 because they tried to capture that "secret garden magic" but didnt have enough time and the ending is waaaay better than secret garden.
p.s. i loathe group songs where the whole world is singing. beware
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