See, I thought Fall in Love with Me had already went down to worse but these seven eps proved so otherwise. At least it ended with a happy ending, but the ride was just crazy. Actually “crazy” cannot even describe the amount of makjang absurdity that this drama got itself embroiled with. It was non-stop crazy, with one following on the other. FILWM started out purely as a fan drama to pair up Aaron Yan and Puff Guo after their successful pairing in Just You but Puff had other agendas and so Tia Li ended up taking the role as Aaron’s leading lady. It was just as well because I don’t think that even Puff and Aaron’s cutesy chemistry would have been able to ride through this trainwreck. FILWM was lacking in so many ways but somehow it managed to keep going for 20 eps, 20 long and draggy eps. FILWM was not set out to work and it clearly didn’t and as much as I love Aaron, he just wasn’t enough to sustain this drama.
I have serious regrets for having jumped on board to watching FILWM because not only was the plot crazy, insane and illogical but there were also some pretty crap and emotionless acting. Aaron’s been the only good thing that I can take out of this and that’s because he is handsome and can actually act while the rest of the cast either a) couldn’t act or b) could act but played a really bland character.
Ahhh, Aaron! Without him this drama would just have been one that I would have never batted an eye to. However, because his name was ingrained to it, I dared to peek a look and I even went in to watch it. Aaron was the best thing out of the drama. But not even he could divert this derailing drama back onto its course (not that it had one in the first place). His acting has improved heaps since the last time I saw him in Alice in Wonder City and that drama also goes on my list of bad dramas. Aaron holds better emotions onscreen now and he did a wonderful job in portraying Xiao Lu and Tian Xing. Given that the two characters did have a distinct personality, it was easier for Aaron to characterise Xiao Lu and Tian Xing. Nonetheless, he did a pretty good job at it and I enjoyed watching Xiao Lu and Tian Xing’s qualities manifest.
Leading lady Tia was so bland. She is one lady who can’t act no matter how you push her to! Right from the start through to the end, she has no allowed her character to come to life. Le Si felt very blank and lacking personality. Not only that but I swear, Tia literally had the same expression for the twenty eps. Well, I guess one thing she nailed is consistency in emotions, except I’m not sure that is what she should have strived for.
Above all else, the major letdown was the writing. It was weak and fell apart numerous times. With the way the drama progressed, it felt like I was watching two completely different dramas. It went from rom-com all the way to melo. I have no idea what was going on with the drama and I am sure the screenwriters were racking their brains trying to make sense what they had written, lol. The first seven or so eps were actually quite decent but everything fell apart as soon as Xiao Lu’s real identity was revealed.
Tian Xing and Le Si’s relationship was supposed to be the concrete slab to the drama except it was never laid down perfectly so instead of providing a sturdy foundation to the drama, it created numerous cracks. When watching a couple’s relationship develop, what I really want to see is them fall in love with each other, but I never once got that here with them. Instead, what I saw was two people being forced together for the sake of the drama’s progression. I kept questioning what was it that made them fall in love with each other, except I was not able to sought out an answer. Tian Xing initially got close to Le Si because he wanted to help her revive her brother’s advertising company as he felt like he owed it to her brother for his life-saving act. And then somehow he fell for her just like that. It was a similar case on Le Si’s side. All that we got to see was that she fell for Xiao Lu because he was tentative and always by her side. But then as soon as his identity got revealed, she fell for Tian Xing without reason? There was just a lack of substance to their relationship and consequently, it kept their relationship from developing any further. I just don’t feel their relationship.
Huan Huan is a girl who is crazy in love with her oppa and that love instigated the whole melo-makjang plot. Again, her relationship development with Tian Xing was very shallow like Tian Xing and Le Si’s relationship. It was a spoken romance that was not backed-up with any concrete slabbing. She is crazy in love with him and crazy means crazy. She wants her oppa and she is determined to get her oppa at whatever the cost, even at the expense of her health and family. She knows that he has his heart elsewhere and she also knows that cannot change this fact. Despite her several rejections, she gets what she wants and so she made him hers. She placed her life on the line just to earn his care and she even threatened to harm herself just so she could get him to remain by her side. Happiness to her is having him by her side but clearly she does not know what happiness means, and she learnt so the hard way having made so many choices which caused heartache and mental breakdowns for all those around her. And for us viewers as well.
I have come to the conclusion that the entire Li family is downright crazy. It runs in the genes. We have Huan Huan who is crazily in love that she would do anything. You would think that her mother would be able to talk some sense into her lovesick daughter, but nope, instead she encourages this behaviour. She even goes as far as telling her daughter that she must keep telling the lie if she wants to be happy. Lance is not any better. All that is on his mind is his desire to be on top and to be better than Tian Xing. He, who loves Huan Huan dearly, took a sharp turn and turned against her and even threatening her. The Li family needs to reline their lives together, because the definition of happiness in no where to be found in their lives.
The reappearance of Xiao Lu at the very end made no sense to me. I can see that the drama wanted to draw connections on how Le Se fell in love with the two sides of Tian Xing but it was contradicting. We all know that Xiao Lu is just a guise but having him reappear just showed that it is really Xiao Lu who Le Si loves. I just don’t get it.
In writing this review, I made a quick re-watch through the 20 eps and I realised that the story development has been really choppy. There was quite a number of aspects that the drama had tried to flesh out but then left it only half-done. There was that whole drama over the watch which Le Si’s brother left behind to her, except they never got to revealing the meaning behind it. Then there was the whole love triangle with Leo (thought it’s worth a mention that the drama went through a second male lead switcheroo with Leo and Lance) which just never came to life. There was also that whole fiasco with Lance and everyone, except it did not get to exploring what is it that Lance really wanted. Oh yeah, and what was Tian Xing’s plan for agreeing to marry Huan Huan? There was just an abundance of unfinished business which the drama did not get to finish.
I held my expectations low for the drama but even then it failed to hit those expectations. FILWM could have done so much better and it definitely had the potential to do so but sadly and disappointingly, it was not done so.
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