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The Romance of Hua Rong
3 people found this review helpful
Feb 5, 2020
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
If you wanted to watch something that
* wouldn’t take you 60 episodes to finish
* romance but with comedy and a love hate relationship to level out the cheesiness
* easy to follow in the sense that you don’t have to keep track of new characters or miss a few scenes and you’re lost with the storyline

This would be the perfect drama.

The storyline was a bit rushed but it was enough for me to understand what happened and what events took place. Given it’s 24 episodes, it was good enough for me. The only crucial part that I think was left out is how he survived after being stabbed and where did Yuan Ming get his blood drenched clothes from if he survived.

It would be a lie to say I didn’t get annoyed at the female lead. Her non-stop talking character is pretty annoying, especially when she screams irrelevantly, but it made her her. The male lead was dangerous, he can make girls fall head over heels for him. I just think, he’s character change of personality was a little bit too drastic. He went from being really cold to EXTREMELY affectionate too easy. I think if he maintained his coldness a bit longer then gradually become affectionate, then boy he can take my heart. The actors though, did a great job. I think they portrayed their characters really well and exactly how they were supposed to be.

Although the subbing on Youtube was pretty bad and didn’t make sense here and there, as well as the bad sound quality from time to time, for me that doesn’t take away from the drama itself and I will only judge on the drama. The cut scenes though do ruin the flow of the story, so an improvement would definitely be good.

And last but not least, my favourite part of this whole drama… THE OST. Let’s talk about the OST! Out of the seven tracks, I have been enchanted by four. From the rhythm, lyrics, vocals down to the mood, each and every song has captivated me, I feel like each song tells a story related to the storyline. Not only do I like the lyrics but whenever I listen to it, I empathise with the love, hate, pain and passion of the protagonists. To sum it up, I love the songs.

For what it’s worth; not having the hottest actors of the time, 24 episodes, mediocre costumes compared to beautiful extravagant costumes in other wuxia drama, videography wasn’t that great obviously a clear sign of low budget, I think the drama was very good, not great but very good. Judge a plant according to the circumstances and environment it grew upon. I definitely would re-watch it again.

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One Smile Is Very Alluring
1 people found this review helpful
Feb 14, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 3.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
Pros
+ Acting by the cast was great, especially AngelaBaby, she portrayed the character of Bei WeiWei really well.
+ CG and design of the overall game world was very beautiful to the eyes.
+ Camera techniques was optimised very well, assisting in creating a warm, dreamy, lovely feel for a romantic high school drama.
+ The music was good.

Cons
- Because it was a remake from a drama into a movie, everything was limited to a 1.5 hr time frame, which along the way I thought lost a lot of drama, plot and storyline.
- Everything was moving so fast pace, there was not enough character development, storyline development or relationship development between the mains. So because everything was moving so fast I didn't feel the romantic connection of the characters in the movie. It felt like the movie was just jumping.
- The climax part of the movie was below average for me. I was waiting for the big drama part towards the end but was disappointed.

Overall
I would only recommend to watch this movie if you've completed the drama version (Love O2O) and want to see how it is portrayed in a movie version. But if you are looking for a good interesting movie to watch, I would not recommend this movie as your first choice.

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