The initial reviews are in and it appears some viewers who tuned in for the debut of Zhou Dongyu and Xu Kai’s Ancient Love Poetry 千古玦尘 last night sadly found the costumed historical a wee bit lacking.
Given that this is not Xu Kai’s first rodeo in the genre – he can practically write a manual about it considering the number of times he starred in one, and the fact that Zhou Dongyu is a multi award-winning actress, I’m actually quite surprised about this. Granted, the buzz surrounding the show was definitely high this being Zhou Dongyu’s first foray into the xianxia genre. Throw in the little fact that she’s been nominated and won all three “Golden” awards – the Golden Rooster, Golden Horse and Golden Screen Awards … it’s hard NOT to have any expectations at all given Zhou Dongyu’s reputation.
Nonetheless, viewers who caught the premiere criticised the dubbing to be really bad, saying that if you weren’t any wiser, you’d have gotten the impression that this was a low budget production. Zhou Dongyu and Xu Kai’s acting also got the thumbs down from Netizens. Xu Kai was criticised for having a limited range in his expressions whilst Zhou Dongyu who many said shone playing more “emotional” characters in her movies was quite awkward here hence not really suitable to play her goddess/ fairy-like role as Shang Gu in the drama said Netizens.
Now if you do have Ancient Love Poetry queued up in your “To be Watched” list, these are just initial viewer impressions so do take it with a grain of salt since it’s hard (not to mention unfair) to judge something from just a few episodes. Likewise don’t let the lacklustre reviews and criticism deter you from checking it out since preference is subjective anyways.