I am really questioning myself for why I decided to give Fall in Love with Me a go because regardless of which direction I look at it at, these are precious hours of my life going down the drain. Well, not really since I’m not really watching this any more considering it plays more like background music. And the thing is that you don’t really have to pay your full attention to it since the storyline unfolds in some very clichéd ways. I’m glad at least there is Aaron Yan there for some eye candy and ear candy or else I would probably be sleeping through the drama. Or maybe I already am?
For 13 eps, nothing much as really happened. Lu Tian Xing/Xiao Lu (Aaron) falls in love with Tao Le Si (Tia Li), his true identity gets revealed and that’s about it. I don’t mind the premises but the biggest problem with FILWM is that there is no substance to support the premises. It just feels like the drama went in for a dive without checking how deep the water is and so the dive ended up being a flop. Being an idol, rom-com drama, romance plays a huge rule to the fundamental direction of the drama. However, FILWM is really lacking on this front. Tian Xing likes Le Si but there was no reason given as to why he likes her. It’s not even a love-at-first sight romance but rather, it just appeared out of no where. There were so many times where I wanted the drama to backtrack and give me a reason but it never did and consequently, we are left we a romance pursuit where the sense of romance is not there. It’s not just with Tian Xing either, but also with Le Si’s childhood friend Weng Li Yang “Leo” (Jack Li). All that we get is that he likes her but again the why is missing. His liking towards her is obvious but you don’t feel that liking because the drama doesn’t spend time exploring that idea, rather it just plops in right in front of your face.
In fact, the drama has been pretty shallow in exploring the ideas in any of the love relationship. There’s Li Huan Huan (Beatrice Fang) who is crazy in love with Tian Xing ever since childhood. I can actually accept this love more than the other romances since the OTT love that she has for him has been consistent through the drama. However, again, the question of why fails to garner an answer. Right from the start, all we saw was her crazily in love with him and this was only justified with a verbal response, but with no emotional response. The lack of emotional investment does nothing to bring viewers to feel and understand the relationship. Also, I’m not really fond with the character which the writing has made Huan Huan become. Having her crazily in love with Tian Xing is one thing but now the drama is just trying to make her appear stupid for pursuing a futile relationship with him. She knows clearly that he only sees her as a younger sister yet she still continues walking forth in this futile pursuit, so much so that she was willing to sacrifice her life in the process. So I take it that her sacrificing her life means that she wants to see him happy but then afterwards she uses that as an excuse to be more clingy on him. Clearly no one will be happy in this type of relationship, and she knows that she will never truly be able to win his heart. Her family sees that but yet they are pushing along for the ride. Big bro Li Qi Xuan “Lance” (Vince Kao) and her own mother tells her that if she wants to be with Tian Xing, then she will have to keep her recovery a secret from him. Uhhh, do they not know or understand that by doing so that this is compromising her happiness? I guess this ideology runs in the family. If that’s not enough, Huan Huan confesses to Tian Xing that she likes him not without reason; she likes him because this is a decision that she made. Me no understand what the writer is trying to portray.
That almost makes Tian Xing’s pursuit for Le Se seem reasonable. Except, it’s not. Because a) he is a stalker, appearing by Le Se’s side at any time and any moment, dragging her to places here and there to his content and b) he is literally forcing her to fall in love with him. Some kind of love that is. Like Huan Huan, he too is a guy crazy in love. So crazy that he would sacrifice his career on her. He is willing to put him the reputation and status that he has worked so hard for just to go and help her with her work. In another drama this might be romantic and worth oooing and ahhing over but here all that I see is that this only allows him to maintain the right to pursue her as he pleases without having to worry about the things around him.
Seriously, of all the relationships out there, the one that seems to have some sort sort of potential is Xu Miao Miao (Katherine Wang) and Wang Ting Wei (Edison Huang). At least they don’t have some crazy love and shambles in their relationship, maybe except for Mabel which seems to be keeping the distance between them. HA!
One thing that I cannot get over about is how it took the gang 10 eps to realise that Tian Xing and Xiao Lu were the exact same person. 10 weeks which in drama time probably transfers to 6-12 months. I just have no idea how those people could not have seen it through the moment that Tian Xing stepped through as Xiao Lu. Them and their shallow eyes. That aside, the whole Xiao Lu plot seems quite irrelevant to the situation at hand except maybe made Le Se deny her feelings for him and stood in as a filler for 10 eps to kick-start this whole love mess.
I am not particularly fond of Tia and her acting. She is just really stiff as an actress and I’m just pretty amazed that she is able to keep up with the same expression on her face for 13 consecutive episodes. Really, that one face. I’m not even sure how she manages to do that! That aside, the one thing that really drives me insane is her voice. Her voice is pretty and she sings quite decent but when she needs to recite her lines that just goes all haywire. Her voice suddenly goes very still and monotone, like the facial expression that she has been carrying throughout the drama. She needs to bring some life into her voice, because right now her characters seems very still and robotic to me whether it is her facial expressions or her voice.
For a drama like this and especially for a drama that sees on romance , you’d at least hope that the leads have some sort of chemistry between them but sadly that’s not the case here. Chemistry speaks a lot but there’s not much here so this makes Tian Xing and Le Se’s relationship seem really bland and dull. The drama’s just mashed two people who don’t have chemistry together and just hoping that the chemistry will develop but disappointingly, after 13 eps (and 13 so weeks of working together), this has yet to appear. I think this lies in Tia’s fault than it does with Aaron. Aaron is really comfortable with his acting whereas Tia seems more reserved and distant. As such, she isn’t shooting off the chemistry to make it so that she has chemistry with Aaron.
Check out the SPOP Magazine signing that Aaron and Tia were at to see the chemistry that they have off-screen. It’s not mind-blowing and neither is it breathe-taking but it is a chemistry that is there nonetheless. It’s just a shame that they can’t bring this on-screen.
At first it was the entire FILWM gang being completely oblivious that Xiao Lu and Tian Xing are the same person but now that his identity has been unveiled, it is these crazy makjang relationship pursuits that are taking place. Well, it was there all along from the start but now it is just more apparent. At this moment in time I’d be jack happy just to see the drama answer the question why and maybe throw in some compelling relationships/chemistry.
Anyways, check out some of Aaron’s new MVs which have been serving as part of the drama’s OST. The MV for “That’s Not Me” is just, uhhh, I’m not sure how to make sense of it, lol. I like the song, but the MV…just watch and see for yourself if you haven’t already done so.
That’s Not Me:
1/2 (One Out of Two) (feat. G.NA):
*This is not actually apart of the OST but check it out anyways. (:
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