Bomb Tanin and Mint Chalida is not Cubic
Cubic wasn’t a lakorn that I anticipated or have high expectations for. I first heard of this lakorn when they started having rumors that Ch3 is going to produce. I heard fans were talking at Pantip that Nadech Kugimiya should play the mafia and jokingly said that Gubgib Sumonthip should play the Nang’ek. I know this series comes with 5 installments. It is famous among Thai romance readers. A lot of people anticipated the adaption of this novels. Hey, if people raved about this novel, it must be good and the adaptation should be as good? I never read the novels though so, for me, I don’t have anything to compared with. I didn’t really care who they casts because, I just don’t. UMA, I have never been a big fan, so my thought was indifferent. I didn’t follow the shootings or behind the scenes.
I decided to watch this lakorn because 1) the book was highly rated, raved by many 2) it’s about Hong Kong Mafia. I do like mafia movies and them baddies 3) I want to see how this lakorn pan out.
Summary: This story is about a 17 years old high school girl, Reuthainak, who is so ugly that she gets bully at school everyday. She has no friends except for her sister (who is really beautiful) and her father. Her father borrows money from a big time Hong Kong mafia, Lin Lanser, for his bankrupt business. The collateral is one of the daughters in which Lin Lanser agrees because he falls for Nanthaka’s beauty at first sight. However, when the time to collect money comes, the father isn’t able to find anything thus left Nak in the hand of the mafia and run away with Nanthaka. So, while Lin Lanser is pursuing Nanthaka and the father, Reuthainak has to survive in the world of crimes and pays the debts.
Review: Overall, the story is not catchy. I look forward to action scenes but barely there is action in this lakorn (no wonder it only take them 5 months to film). I watch 5-6 episodes and by that time I’m thinking, “why isn’t this lakorn going anywhere?” I don’t even see any action so my excuse was, “it must be the first book”. I was still trying to convince myself to watch at this point.
The most exciting part in the beginning must be the scene Nak tries to convince Carlos to sign a contract with Chaihong Group. They make it looks like it was going to be some grand master by Nak. The overall dialogues though, wasn’t impressive. Considering that Nak had an IQ of 153? She can’t even breeze though Carlos’ background and Chaihong Group’s files.
And goodness, all the English spelling mistake that Nak made when studying Carlos profile is an embarrassment. She’s supposed to have an IQ of 153, right? A genius right? I don’t get it. The things she does is suppose to be sooo clever too, but they’re common sense? Some of the things she does and says make me question her intelligence.
The romance department is so out of nowhere too. The case with Mina and Pueying. They were attracted to each other when they first met, but doesn’t a love relationship starts from something good? When they say I love you to each other, I’m going “when did they have the time to fall in love?” Is she having a syndrome here? She doesn’t even want to go back to Thailand when she has a chance. So random.
Am I the only one who feels weird about Lin Lanser in love with his student (he is the principle) and his ward? The uncomfortableness is she’s also 17. I don’t know his age in this lakorn, but I think he’s supposed to be a lot older to run a high school and Chingho Group.
The location is in Taiwan instead of Hong Kong bothers me too. They also speak Mandarin instead of Cantonese.
The lighting for this lakorn is horrible too. It looks like a low quality lakorn in the 90’s.
Since they’re going to do a part 2, they need to improve in a lot of department. The rating for this lakorn is doing really well, but just because it is doing good, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t produce quality. They don’t even take the time to do Tah’s facial hair right. The fans from the book are raging at this adaptation. But that’s to be expected, since it is hard to make movie and lakorn from books.
Bomb Tanin: I seen Bomb’s acting in The Gentleman Juthathep, Khun Chai Rachanon and he was not one of the best actors. He’s forgivable because he’s a new actor and that was his first leading role. However, Bomb lacks a lot of things in here. The way he delivers his line is not tough or rough enough. He doesn’t have a fearful voice or put on a mean face. Whenever he blinks, he looks out of character. When he talks, he’s either yelling or his voice just ruin the scene. He is suppose to be a leader but I feel that he isn’t. Whenever, he has this eye contact with Nott (Jong Sin), it’s more like he’s seeking or pleading Nott to help him. Goodness, he need mad coaching.
As for the character Lin Lanser, he is rude and selfish. I understand that he has a fear that his woman in the future might leave him like his mother wanting to leave his father, but he doesn’t need to put people through his cruelty. Meuy Jing is willing to be his escort, but he doesn’t need to treat her like dirt. There is nicer way to be honest with her. If he doesn’t want her, he could just say, “we should end our contract with each other.” Instead, he says to Jong Shin, “I wish she says she likes you so she can get out of my life.” Did he forget he’s probably the one who initiate her to be his escort? One time, she hasn’t gone to meet him after being rejected so bad. What happen? Jong Sin goes to threaten her that of she doesn’t goes back to Lin Lanser, her career would be over and she would be jobless cuz no one will hired her.
Then, he allows his people to chase after Nanthaka and her father in Thailand. His people KILLED people to get to Nanthaka but at the end, he didn’t want her. Oh no, he wanted Reuthainak. But, hey he’s going to keep her anyway for the sake of Nak staying in Hong Kong.
Mint Chalida: What I like about Mint is that she plays through her eyes, but I don’t think this role did justice for her acting. She’s really awkward looking in here. She’s kind of cute in a way in the beginning. But as Nak, she got really annoying because I found her to be a horrible friend to Danny. She has Danny going through death and pain with her but she just left him standing there. Then, she didn’t even defend Danny, too.
I think my favorite character in this lakorn is Noey as Meuyjing because she’s super nice. She loves Lin Lanser but she isn’t delusional like Nanthaka. She still willing to fight for him but she also knows when to back off. I don’t know why they kill her character. She deserves happy ending.
Danny, his random dances is kind of eyebrow raising though. It’s random and funny. But I think he also adds color to this lakorn in that he knows what Lin Lanser is thinking while Nak who is the suppose clever is the most stupid.
The is no chemistry between Bomb and Mint. I don’t know but I don’t see development and explosive love emotions from either. Mint also have a lot of scenes with First more than Bomb, too, makes it hard to find any cute thing about the two’s relationship.
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