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[TVB drama] 《摘星》Growing Through Life critique

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发表于 2010-11-27 03:19:25 |显示全部楼层
Copied from this site: http://point2e-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/11/growing-through-life-tvb.html
Still a negative one overall, though remarks on Damian's role was ok.

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Growing Through Life 
"Better than The Drive of Life, but only because it’s half the length"

Chinese Title
“Jak Sing Zhi Lui” (roughly translates to journey to a star)

No of episodes
30

Theme songs 
Opening
“Sor Wai Lei Seung” (A So-Called Dream) by Raymond Lam

Closing
“Ngor Moon Han Ho” (We’re Doing Very Well) by Raymond Lam

Year
2010

Cast
Damian Lau
Cecilia Yip
Raymond Lam
Zhao Zi Qi
Bosco Wong
Dominic Lam
Toby Leung

Supporting Cast
KK Cheung
Vionn Song
Power Chan

Foreword
Better than The Drive of Life, but only because it’s half the length.

Review
Growing Through Life has all the hallmarks of a TVB corporate drama: An inheritance battle, a villain, someone is paralyzed, terminal illness, a patriarch death, and an opening theme that starts with thundering operatic chords. It has a Chinese title that is more poetic than your usual brand of TVB titles, and a cast list with a few big names.

So what’s wrong? Well, a lot.

One of the key reasons is pacing and a lot of predictability in the story. This is one of those series where the ending is written from the beginning. The audience knows that, but usually series like these make the journey to the end a worthwhile, or at least entertaining, one. At the beginning, GTL is promising. The flashback and explanation of why each character is at the stage that they are at were well-developed and the performances are good and consistent. The series starts wavering, oddly enough, when things just start to get interesting (Damian finds out Ray is his son, Bosco starts to turn evil, Ray’s mom dies, etc.). This is partly because the explanations of why characters become the way they are is not very well-done. Bosco, for example, doesn’t really have the acting chops to demonstrate how he moves from buddy-buddy with Hanson to full-on murder to achieve his goals. A lot happens throughout the series but somehow the whole thing fails to connect on an emotional level, so you can watch this whole thing, know and/or guess what’s going on, without really paying attention or needing to pay attention. 

The series also fails to affect due to filming technique, which is surprising considering that this looks like a big budget series. The general set designs are always dark. Business meetings were held in the dark, dinners were eaten in the dark, even the hospital is always dark. The company looks glamorous, but also strangely cold and lonely. So do the houses – there are no framed photos, not a lot of furniture, and it’s always dark. There’s also a blatant absence of extras and supporting actors – so blatant that the whole series just seems cold and almost inhuman, like a large gorgeous vase that’s untouchable. Strike two.

The acting is a question mark. On one hand, we’ve got anchors such as Damian Lau, Cecilia Yip, and the now-overexposed Raymond Lam, who lead the pack in terms of acting skill. Damian Lau is iconic as the patriarch, his one single best moment being when Hanson called him ‘dad”. Cecilia Yip hovers dangerously close to overacting in most scenes, but she does portray a convincing nut job. Ray does his usual Ray thing, which means a solid performance with no chemistry with his female co-stars. 

Btw, his English name sucks. Oh Ray, will TVB ever give you a decent English name? I hope he’s getting paid extra for his character’s names because they are getting worse by the year (mmm bop, bop bop bop, doo-wop, do it all!). How about actually using all the names as his middle name? Now, he can be known as Raymond Alfred Kingsley Hanson Lam, otherwise known as Raymond A.K.H. Lam. Nice ring to it, no? And while we’re on the topic of terrible English names… Linus?! What kind of name is that? I thought it was a disease.

There are some lights in this big tunnel. Dominic Lam, for example, was surprisingly effective as Linus’ dad. I’ve never liked him much as an actor (or a host) but in this series he delivers one of his strongest performances. KK Cheung was fantastic as Raymond’s mom. She looks really familiar but I can’t place her. 

But even with half the cast performing above-average, they can’t save this series from failure in the acting department. Yep, the rest are just that bad…especially since they’re in pivotal roles. Bosco Wong, for example, who is given the villain role for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, it is simply too early in Bosco’s career to take on this character and his performance is highly flawed – something Bosco realized as it was reported he became depressed after watching his performance in the series. Toby Leung is less annoying now and demonstrates some acting potential as the angelic daughter, although I would argue that she doesn’t have the X factor. And then after all that, you’ve got the “who the hell are these people” Mainlanders who are – or should be – dubbed, such as Zhao Zi Qi and Vionn Song. Zhao Zi Qi is irritating and a bad actress to boot, something that is compounded by the fact that she is dubbed. She’s got nil chemistry with Ray, too, which doesn’t help her case. Vionn Song fares much better as the bitchy Yiu Kwun, and she has decent chemistry with Bosco.

I think if they had gone with some decent actors for these characters and also warmed up the filming technique a bit, this series would be a hit. Not surprisingly, though, GTL got a much colder audience reception than initially anticipated. For once, I’d have to agree with the audience on this one.

Rating
3/5
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发表于 2010-12-8 10:13:12 |显示全部楼层
There are some things I agree with and others I don't.  


I find the author's critique a bit confusing here:

At the beginning, GTL is promising. The flashback and explanation of why each character is at the stage that they are at were well-developed and the performances are good and consistent.


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This is partly because the explanations of why characters become the way they are is not very well-done.


So was it well-developed or not?  Sorry I do not mean to criticize on this author's writing I just found it a bit conflicting.


I kinda agree with the author on the dark lighting.  Although I am not sure is that the right wording for it.  I think for me at least I would describe it as the colors in these series were not as saturated as other TVB series.  Or maybe the contrast of the office with the big windows seems to make all the furniture appear darker hence darker appearance.  So maybe poorly contrast? 


As for the acting, I didn't think anyone was horrible except for Linux's ex-girlfriend / Hanson's ex-finance.   I thought Bosco did alright for his first villain role and I thought CC was great.


I feel indifferent on Raymond's English names.   I don't love or hate them.  To be exact, I never thought/felt about it.

I agree with the author on Dominic's acting as I too found it very hard to believe that he can play a down to earth loyal good guy (used to see him in some sort of evil or demanding role).

As for chemistry, I feel the following chemistry the best.

* Father and son,  Father and Daughter, Mother and son, & Mother to daughter
* Husband and wife
* Hanson and Li King (I thought it was very cute the way they started dating)

Thank you for sharing!


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发表于 2011-6-23 23:01:31 |显示全部楼层
I have seen the first episode and the last episode of this sries.This is indeed an inspirational drama.And I hope I will have a view when I am down.:[79]
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发表于 2011-6-25 17:59:27 |显示全部楼层
It is a good drama, you will enjoy it :)
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