Jing Bo Ran and Tan Song Yun Bring the Pretty But Not the Passion in Modern Romance Drama Road Home

So I checked out the recently premiered modern romance drama Road Home (Gui Lu) because it’s an adaptation of the same name novel by writer Mo Bao Fei Bao, who has another novel being adapted right now Into the Storm with Wu Lei and Zhao Jin Mai. Road Home stars Jing Bo Ran as a military explosives expert with a penchant for car repair Lu Yen Chen with Tan Song Yun (Seven Tan) as financial investment expert Gui Xiao (together their name becomes the title Gui Lu), a pair of adorable college era lovers who somehow broke up badly and are finding their way back together. He’s laconic and manly, she’s petite and sassy, it’s the stuff that works well in drama set up to bring the opposite attracts burn. But the first episode was slooooooww and weirdly edited and I could not for the life of me see any chemistry between the two leads. I watched a few more and found the acting was solid, the scenery pretty, but the drama doesn’t come to life for some reason. I’ve heard the general public likes the drama well enough (decent views) but the diehard fans of the book are up at arms with their beloved novel characters not being brought to life to their ideals. I may keep watching because nothing about the drama turns me off, it’s just a tad boring if anything.

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