Murphy’s Law states “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Guan Xiao Tong is known as the “love guru” of the Meet and Match Online Dating Company, able to solve anybody’s relationship issues. After He Zhi Yu, a beautiful model, leaves Ji Jia Wei, he is heartbroken but his father tries to convince him to move on. Jia Wei proposes a joint-company matchmaking event between the dating company and the divorce agency. There, Jia Wei meets Xiao Tong, and the two get off on the wrong foot and they soon delight in tormenting each other. Meanwhile, a famous chef, Xiang Zi Yan, gets to know Xiao Tong and begins to develop feelings for her.
Cast & Credits
Acting/Cast: I was glad to see that Danson Tang came back to the TDrama scene with a bang. His depiction of the main character was brilliant. I love how Danson was able to act out such a wide range of emotions on his face from sombre, mad, in love, sad, naughty, teasing to just being plain cold and arrogant. His was my favourite character in the drama. This brings me to my least favourite character in the drama - coincidentally, the female lead! Do not get me wrong here. Ivelyn Lee acted brilliantly and delivered an excellent performance. It is her character that I disliked. What I disliked about Ivelyn's character of Guan Xiao Tong was Xiao Tong's cowardice and indecision when it comes to love relationships. She tends to over-analyse everything (like the psychologist she is) and tries to predict how the relationship will end. She failed to just enjoy being in a relationship and just let things develop naturally. She's always putting one foot in the relationship and another foot out (just in case things go wrong!). Therefore, she would always take the first step to end the relationship before she would really get hurt beyond repair. It did not matter what the man did for her or how much he had expressed his love for her...she has her own agenda and has already decided how she will end things with him. And once she had ended things with him, she started to over-analyse and regret her decisions in her past relationships.....the indecisiveness of her character totally makes me angry. Hers is like a pendulum, always swinging back and forth, always trying to take the middle ground but failed. Personally, I dislike ppl who are indecisive and have insecurity issues. I am glad that towards the end, she learns from this flaw of her character and grows more mature in her relationship with the male lead. It is because of my personal dislike of indecisive characters that I rated this drama 8.5/10 instead of the 9/10 I gave for its story. A stronger female lead character would be more to my liking.
Music: Lovely music but I've heard better ones before.
Rewatch value: I love all the lovey dovey scenes and the scenes where Danson acted the jealous and naughty man going after the girl he likes. I am a traditional person when it comes to love and appreciate it when the man is the one who goes all out after a girl and makes it so very apparent to all and sundry! To me, that is very flattering to the woman and very romantic as well. Therefore, this drama has a high rewatch value for me because of all of the romantic scenes between the leads.
Overall: It has been a while since I'd watched a TDrama. The industry has experienced a slump of late but once in a while, you'll find a gem and as of July 2015, this drama is the gem of 2015 TDrama for me. If you like romance dramas with mature story lines with a hint of mature comedy such as 'In Time With You', 'I want romance', 'Gentleman's Dignity' etc - you'll most likely like this drama as well.
What prevented this drama from getting full marks was the way the story line neutered the male lead. I've seen this a few times in dramas, and it is really annoying. They take a perfectly good guy who is confident, loving and loyal and reduces him to confusion over 'what did I do wrong, I only wanted to love you'.. It became worst when the female lead went from sweet & bubbly into a little 'I am woman, hear me roar, witch'. Girl Power became extremely overrated when she became unappreciative of all he does for her and decides to 'find herself';. She of course soon learns the hard way that the love she pushed away is really what her heart desires and to quote the drama, 'what you want most in life can be achieved if you persevere and work hard to the end'; Good life lesson.
There were so many romantic & touching moments and the music really complemented the moods. The OST is amazing, check it out on YouTube. I am now hooked on the New Artist, GJ who sang JUST WANT TO SAY. Turns out to be 2014 contestant on China Idol.
Going to watch it again....
PS: incredibly cute dog, POLO, throughout the drama,