When watching Mei Zuo of Taiwanese F4 a decade ago, I never thought Van Ness Wu could be so attractive. His character here, Ren Guang Xi, totally changes my mindset of him. Van Ness is soo charming as Guang Xi. I watched this without much expectation, but ended up to be actually quite fond of this.
- Overall 7
- Story 5
- Acting/Cast 8
- Music 10
- Rewatch Value 6
So, what’s so special about this drama? I myself not so sure.
Most of the time I refuse to watch dramas with mediocre premise, except if they have something special in it. For this one, I found the promotional posters are so beautiful and have special warm feeling in it. (well, I'm such a sucker for visually beautiful scenes)
Get hang for the first two episodes. Many people like this
drama from the very beginning. I am not one of them (I do like the opening scene though. The short background of Mu Cheng’s childhood life was so beautifully done. Unfortunately, the later scenes fails to keep me impressed). Anyway, if you like it from the first episode, I guess you will love it till the end. But, if you still cant get into the story even after the 3rd episode, I guess this drama is simply not your taste ;)
After watching the first 3 episodes, I started to get addicted. There’s something in this drama which I can’t describe clearly. Maybe because of the beautiful scenes, maybe because of Guang Xi’s mighty charm, or the uber touching lines, or Xiao Le’s cuteness, or the beautiful background musics, I dont know, I’m not sure. Something I know for sure is I like how the scenes are cleverly connected to each other when you dont expected it, and how the two second lead characters which arent bitchy.
What I don't like from this drama is, it drag quite long in the middle episodes. If they shorten it into 10-15 episodes, I think it will be a lot better :)
Plot: 2/10 » As I said before, the idea is really not at all great and even cheesy. That from-hate-become-love plot. That gorgeous rich playboy who “unexpectedly” fall in love to that “special” poor girl (yes, that Cinderella plot). That 4-square love plot. We all have seen many other stories which conveys this kind of stories. Not even to say that amnesia! Oh God! These types of plot I usually stayed away from. (I hate all of these cliche so much I wanted to rate this 1/10. I give them extra +1 point for featuring parenting issue)
Scriptwriting: 6.8/10 » The interesting side is, even with those lame plots, the story will keep you digging for more. What happen “now” is related to the next story. There are many beautiful scenes and touching lines which will warm your heart for sure. But they dragged it too much in the middle part. The first 6 episodes was great but the latter was not. Anyway, the story was split to 2 parts with episodes 6-7 acted as divider episodes. I prefer the earlier part. The later was just dragged too much.
Directing: 7.5/10 » The scenes are well-filmed, and the editing is nicely done
Acting: 8/10 » Ady An and Van Ness Wu did a very good job here. About the little boy Xiao Xiao Bin’s, well, he wasn't bad, but sometimes we still can clearly see he is not that natural in acting. Dont get me wrong, I love him too! I know, he is cute. I admit for his age, it was really wonderful acting skill. The rest of the cast are excellent. I’m not too fond with the villagers acting, forced acting, but I think it was okay regarding they’re just minor supporting roles. Last thing for the acting part, I cant stand to not say this but thanks to his brilliant acting, you will believe Mu Cheng’s step father is a pervert for real LOL.
Soundtrack: 10/10 » The soundtrack is simply perfect. All of the songs are beautifully captures the emotions of the scenes. Well done.
Overall Rating: 7 » Enjoyably good. I just hope they shorten it though. Not recommended if you can’t stand slow-paced series.
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