The Love Lasts Two Minds
Genre: Historical, Romance, Investigation
Air-date: Feb 21, 2020 – Mar 22, 2020
Starring: Chen Yuqi as Feng Mian Wan, Alan Yu as Jing Ci, Zhang Si Fan as Mu Bei Yan, Wang Yu as Xiao Lu, Kid Young as Zuo Yan Xi, Ma Yu as Princess Zhangle
Sighs. Y’all know I love me some Yuqi and I love me some historical drama. This drama should’ve hit the mark with me, but it didn’t. It took way longer than it ever should have for me to finish this. I lost all focus in everything by the mid point. Warning: Light spoilers will be mentioned during this review.
The story was simple and expected from wuxia dramas. We had our leads, Jing Ci and Feng Mian Wan, who are childhood friends. It’s quite clear that these two love and care for each other. Jing Ci treats Mian Wan very well and is your typical tsundere male lead. A conflict happens where there is a switch of identity and they have to separate. Feng Mian Wan ends up swapping places with someone who looks exactly like her, but then she also suffers from amnesia along the way because plot. Of course to no one’s surprised it turns out that the reason the girls look alike is because they’re twins. Blah blah. Lots of conspiracy along the way, investigative shit and foolishness that was exhausting. The story itself was so poorly executed that the tropes felt even more tropey. Mian Wan was supposedly this ace detective but somehow she doesn’t know to not jump to conclusions? Also, how many times can we watch a story with the male lead having a terminal illness that is supposed to make him weak, yet he’s still somehow the strongest person on the show? Yeah… that’s sooooo believable.
Speaking of the male lead, he’s my main source of discontentment with this drama. I could deal with the poor dubbing of the characters and the immature antics and impulsive behaviors, but I could not deal with Alan Yu’s acting—or lack thereof. He is a fucking brick wall. No variation or feelings whatsoever. For someone who was so terminally ill, there was no difference between when he was sick or well. His expressions were the same all the way throughout. It’s one thing to have poor acting from the supporting casts in a drama, but when your female lead is so animated and you’re just standing there like a wall, it makes watching this drama tedious. I know everyone argues that it is supposed to be Jing Ci’s personality, but like ole boy was giving us nothing. His face was stiff as fuck like he got botox and didn’t want to ruin it by trying to move too much.
It is safe to say that Yuqi single handedly carried the drama on her back. If there was something I liked, it was how believable and distinctive she was between the roles. I also liked the overall cinematography and costume design because they truly had some beautiful scenes. The last scene especially was really beautiful to see. The romance was so-so all around even with the side characters. I do think she had more chemistry with Mu Bei Yan though.. Oops.
I cannot lie and say that I wasn’t disappointed and that I certainly wouldn’t recommend this for anyone to watch. Alas, let me finally close the book on this one and hope that And The Winner Is Love gives a lot more than this had to offer.
Rewatch Value: 5/10
Fave Song: N/A