How Long Will I Love U is a Chinese fantasy romantic comedy that offers a unique spin on the forbidden romance storyline. It follows a man from 1999 and a woman from 2018 who wake up together, discovering that their apartment has become a portal between the two very different times.
I often find myself a sucker for romance films, and this was no exception. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I really enjoyed it. Much of the film focuses on developing the relationship between the two characters, which provides the most enjoyable and interesting moments in the film. Towards the end, when the conflict is introduced, it does become a bit melodramatic, yet I still found myself having an enormous amount of fun anyway. The dialogue is very witty, and the premise allows for some great fish-out-of-water moments and resultant commentary on the changes our society has experienced. I found that both lead characters were very sympathetic, and their chemistry was great. The antagonist feels a little forced, but his role also allows some interesting ethical issues to be considered in the film. The foremost problem that the film has is one that plagues all time travel films: plot inconsistencies. There are a lot of issues with a plot involving time travel, including paradoxes and such; nonetheless, I found myself able to look past these things and really enjoy the film.
The crafting of the film is pretty solid, too. There is a bit of CGI, which had some weak moments, but otherwise, i thought the film was rather well-made. The cinematography is surprisingly complex for a film of this genre. There were some montages towards the middle of the film that worked very well. The production design was great, too. The design the apartment was really impressive to me, with a lot of attention to detail. The use of music is also good. I liked the original song that was written for the film. It was both catchy and meaningful. The actors do very well in their roles. Both Jia Ying Lei and Li Ya Tong have what is needed for both the emotional moments and the comedic delivery.
Overall, I was very impressed by How Long Will I Love U. It's a surprisingly fresh, and very enjoyable romance film. I really enjoyed it for what it was, and I think most others will too.
How Long Will I Love U is now playing in select theaters.
How Long Will I Love U
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: A press screener.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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