Fall in Love with Me. Hmmm, yes, yes, I’d fall in love with you Aaron Yan, you’re some very delicious eye candy! Yum, yum, yum, I can just stare at you all day long. However, it’s a different story for the drama itself.
I didn’t plan on watching this latest SETTV Sunday prime-time drama but somehow I got lead to watching it. Maybe it was because of the addicting theme song “1/2” sung by Aaron Yan and G.NA that I am absolutely loving was what lured me into watching the drama? But in all honestly, I wasn’t even watching as such. I was literally half-watching, half-skipping through the first two eps and trust me, you don’t miss out on anything by doing so. FILWM, lead by Aaron and Dream Girls member Tia Li, is your typical idol drama filled with the same clichés and leads not to mention if follows the same overused plot. If I were to describe this drama in one sentence I’d say that it is a drama filled with clichés with a lack of chemistry from the two leads. Really, because what I see on screen are some very forced, smashed together scenes as well as chemistry which feel very forced. Well, I guess if you have Aaron there as some delicious eye candy then it’s watchable, right? Who can resist Aaron’s charismatic charms?
If there’s anything up for discussion, then it’s got to be the set-up. As an avid drama-viewer, the set-up plays a vital role in pulling me to watch the drama because it is what brings the drama together. Not only does it establishes a drama, but it is also the basis for where the drama will head. It is the foundation and the very first thing that makes the drama a story. Here, FILWM follows a carbon-copy of tried and tested storylines, one that is all too familiar in the idol drama world. Rich corporate guy + poor girl. Need I say more? No, because the answer is pretty clear about where it will head. It’s a clichéd plot but when it is done well, it shines on its own. Disappointingly, this does not seem to be the case. It lacks soul and is just hopping along the drama casually in a straight line while not doing anything that speaks individuality. Using a clichéd storyline, it will only work if it shows individuality – something that FILWM is currently lacking.
Another important factor in the upholding of a drama is the chemistry between the leads and the cast. Chemistry can either make or break the drama. Aaron and Tia Li have very little chemistry together and that is a big downfall to the drama. They just don’t connect together; they don’t work as a team but rather they work as individuals trying to manoeuvre around each other. The biggest problem that they have is that they do not complement each other. When Aaron tries to head in one direction, Tia heads in the other and vice versa. It’s like a game of push-and-pull rather than them working together to reach a common goal. It’s disappointing because FILWM could have started off so much better should they have had the chemistry. It’s still in its early stages so hopefully they will be able to pick it up with their chemistry or else this will be one dull drama to watch.
Aaron plays two characters – Lu Tian Xing and Xiao Lu. Lu Tian Xing is the god of Asia’s advertising industry who suddenly announces at a press conference that he is going to be taking a three month break from the industry until he can regain his enthusiasm for advertising again. Tian Xing is a cold-hearted and forceful guy but beneath that lies his interior self – Xiao Lu – who is actually quite tentative and sweet. I guess the whole point of Tian Xing and Xiao Lu is for Tian Xing to show two sides to himself and to let the audience read more into who he is as a person. Except, I think this two sides a bit exaggerative at times and doesn’t reflect who he truly is as a person. The two personalities clash with each other and are complete polar opposites. One minute he treats Tao Le Si (played by Tia Li) like crap and the next he does everything in his power to help her. Just which one is the real Tian Xing and what is his true persona? I don’t think the drama has delved on this question at all when it should have been one of the first things that it should have worked towards. Neither are they putting ground on establishing this because what they are focused on in pushing the OTP together. The ultimate goal is about getting Tian Xing and Le Si together but that’s not interesting if there isn’t going to be a journey involved.
Oh gosh, Tia’s acting skills is still the same as it always has been – bad. She just isn’t bringing Le Si to life. Le Si is like a two dimensional character who you see in picture story books. Tia just seems very stiff as Le Si, reading her lines off paper and not inserting in any emotions. Even when she tries to put in emotion, it does not come with feelings. I just want to see some life with Le Si and see some character in her. Tia’s not ready for a lead role yet but now that she has it, I hope that she will be able to lift up her game and at least portray Le Si to be a person rather than a string puppet.
The secondary leads aren’t doing the drama any justice. They serve as side piece merely to let the leads shine and get themselves caught in a love square. They aren’t written on the basis as characters but instead they were written on the basis to be a complement to the story of the OTP. They could have had so much power to better as second leads but they are neglected to the side to be heartbroken. That’s not what I want to see. I want to see them living their own life for their own self and not for the sake of someone else. It’s still early times but given how they are written to be, their future is pretty much set in place, and it’s not a particularly favourable position for their growth.
It’s true that my first impression of the drama has been pretty negative but don’t let my opinion deter you from watching it. If you want to watch it, definitely go for it! It’s definitely a watchable drama with really shallow emotions. Most are really fluffy and light and it’s got Aaron as eye candy! Twice the eye candy since he plays two characters. Hehe!
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