I actually started this drama right when it came out but my blog draft was deleted for some reason so I never rewrote it. Marry Me, or Not, is a rare gem in the sea of dramas these days. The main characters are unconventional with impeccable acting skills. Alice Ko and Roy Qiu both do amazing things in this drama. This drama is obviously very high budget and is filmed really really well. All of the design is great, from the costume to the props, to the set, to the frames. It’s nice on the eye with a great story and a pretty clear plot and a really great script.
Alice Ko plays Cai Huan Zheng, a very interesting person who is kind by heart but puts on a few different faces. There is the kind facade where she uses towards strangers and business partners and then there’s a cold and cruel facade she uses when she tries to hide her real feelings, which causes a lot of people to misunderstand her. In the beginning her character was hard to grasp because the only time her character was really honest was when she had her monologues or when she was with her parents. By the way, the monologues in this drama are genius. Anyway, her character gets much better later on when she stops hiding how she really feels.
Hao Sheng Nan (Joanne Tseng) is Hao Meng’s sister and Huan Zheng’s ex-best friend. Due to a misunderstanding in their school years, her and Huan Zheng became enemies. In present time, they are in the same career and try to steal each other’s customers all the time and vie for the top positions in the company. Their relationship is really immature and funny sometimes but then things get blown out of proportion like when Sheng Nan and her brother Hao Meng (Roy Qiu) purposely sabotage Huan Zheng’s wedding with their cousin in the first episode.
Roy Qiu plays Hao Meng, a divorce lawyer, who doesn’t really believe in marriage especially after seeing the kind of conflict and silent treatment his parents have between them. In the beginning Sheng Nan lied and told everyone that her brother was actually her boyfriend and so Huan Zheng made it her mission to steal him away, not knowing the truth. Hao Meng knows she is just tricking him but he needs her too to dodge all the blind dates his mother was setting up for him and so they agreed to go out. It’s really entertaining to see them interact with each other and build a relationship even though they’re not serious about it in the beginning. They end up falling for each other without Huan Zheng ever knowing the truth about the relationship between him and Sheng Nan. When the truth gets out, the drama gets even better.
Huan Zheng and Hao Meng stay together even after the truth comes out but obviously Hao Meng’s family is immensely against their relationship. Huan Zhen and Sheng Nan’s past really catch up to them when Jiang Qian Yue (Harry Chang), the root of all their problems appears once again. Huan Zheng finally tells Sheng Nan the truth about Qian Yue when they were students but Sheng Nan is conflicted because she still really likes him. Sometimes it’s frustrating as to how stubborn and overconfident Sheng Nan is about herself. She’s always so confident that what she thinks and sees is the exact truth.
Right now I’m at a point where Huan Zheng was set up by Qian Yue and she is forcing herself to break up with Hao Meng to protect him. What’s good about this drama is that it lacks all that stupid drama that erupts because of love. Huan Zheng is set up not because Qian Yue is trying to get her but rather he is trying to bring someone else down. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Finally finished the drama! I’m actually proud of myself for sitting through every single episode. There aren’t a lot of dramas that I can do that for, usually they get too draggy. I think overall the drama ended on a high note. Hao Meng’s mother who is on the edge of divorce finds solace at Huan Zheng’s house and has a great drink with her parents. That part was actually pretty funny. The parents were definitely having a field trip. She finally gives the couple their full blessing after getting to know Huan Zheng better. I liked the scene at which Hao Meng’s mother reconciles with her husband who she had barely said anything nice to for years. Hao Meng who had always supported divorce, really did well to prevent his parents from separating because he now knew how painful it was to do that after meeting Huan Zheng.
So the final finale was this extremely jolly elaborate proposal coordinated by Hao Meng which was very well done but also sort of random? Hao Meng had people that worked with both him and Huan Zheng do a street performance and drag Huan Zheng to a flash mob in a mall and then finally into am auditorium where her family and Hao Meng’s family are there. The stage has musicians there performing and finally Hao Meng walks out and proposes. So I think it was a good proposal overall and really well done, I wish there was just a bit more oomph! to it. Like a very very passionate scene or something, I don’t know. But anyway I really enjoyed this drama, I love the cast especially the two main stars. They did really well. The script writer and designers of this drama also did a tremendous job. They can make the drama hilarious but also very thought provoking at the same time.