Quick Feedback- Roy Mai’s Ending
Posted on October 25, 2011
I have some mixed feelings about the ending. Have you seen it yet? Let’s just say that I’m not jumping up and down. Perhaps my expectations are too high. What did I expect from an ending when we have so much loose strings to tie? There’s just not enough time to cover everything and satisfy me. I just wish directors/producers realize that the ending is just as important as the beginning and middle. No excuses! It is their duty to tie everything together and package a nice, wonderful story.
If you want to know what happened, Asianfuse has a script from the book that is eerily accurate to the lakorn, you can check it out here to understand what they’re saying: http://asianfuse.net/discuzz/index.php/topic/31547-roy-mai-act-art/page__st__1800
A few things that irked me:
- The beginning of the ending focused too much on Bua Ngern and Siriwattana, seriously, we are done with them. I don’t pity Bua Ngern at the least and her shenanigans are so silly. Her revenge and attitude 70 years later is unrealistic and I don’t feel for her.
- So after Rerin finishes the loom, Siriwattana’s spirit is released/freed and he just goes back into the painting, and that’s it? I thought the whole idea was to stop her from finishing the loom?
- I thought Thanin and Wongprajan would be bad guys with better back bones, but no. Bua Ngern and Mei schemes to possess Thanin so he can kill Rerin. I can’t take him seriously when he’s possessed because he appears more like a gay person then an angry ghost. It was actually pretty funny to watch Jason portray it. But it does take the drama out of the scene.
- Rerin gets almost drowned and apparently the water leaked enough to her brains to cause major damage- she lost her memory!
- I want to slap her mom. She is the most useless, stupid character in this lakorn.
- What is the point in Wongprajan/Thanin’s lover in this lakorn again? They don’t create any conflict aside from annoying the hell out of me. In the end, they just go their separate ways and receive no consequences?
- Poor Suriya gets put in the ringer over and over.
- So since her brain is affected so severely- as she acts like a loony child in which everyone has to care for her- brings back the ending of Jai Rao- then why did she all of a sudden become normal when she saw the loom in the basement and heard him play the instrument? I guess we can credit this to the “patiharn” they keep talking about (miracle.) Even that type of miracle is hard to believe.
Things that pleased me:
- Suriya finally gets clued in on his past life! By Rerin’s journal (in which I don’t recall it making an appearance prior to this.)
- The way Maneerin died was so sad.. it brought me back to the time Siriwong died.
- I guess I’m glad her mom finally learned the truth- also via her journal- that conveniently appeared.. but I still want to slap her.
- Bua Ngern dies (not sure why.. she just started spurting out blood. Probably so frustrated that nothing ever went her way and spasm to death.)
- Thanin dies (even though he was a jerk, I thought it was a tough way to die.)
- Suriya is so devoted to Rerin, he visits her, takes care of her. Their moments together were so sweet, even though she didn’t remember him. She still appears comfortable and glad for his company.
- I liked how in the very end, they see themselves in Maneerin/Siriwong garment and then they reflect forward and see themselves in Rerin/Suriya’s garment. It was poetic and beautiful. The last line he tells her that he has allowed Siriwong to lose Maneerin in one lifetime, but he will not allow that to happen again. From this life forward, he will not let her go. That was sweet!
The ending could have a nicer polish, but I guess we can’t always get what we want. Ateam did a fantastic job, their comfortability and chemistry has intensified even more than their previous lakorns. This is a drama to be remembered. I am happy for the ever after, but sad that it is over.. all too soon. The love story between Maneerin and Siriwong is utterly breathless.
What are your thoughts? How did the ending make you feel?
(Quick feedback is styled ala J’s review method)
Tagged: Aff Taksaorn, Aum Atichart, Roy Mai
I am not suprised with this ending because I knew that it would be like that when I watched ep.9 (the biggest mistake PAof did). 15 episodes is not enough for a storyline like Roy Mai since a lot of things must be developed. If it was a kdrama it would be a 20 episodes show at least. So as I said Roy Mai technically is not perfect and one of reasons for that is too much focuse on Bua N’gern. Ep.9 and 10 were wasted on her and she is the kind of character who doesn’t need that. Besides as a period lakorn they needed more episodes to dwelve into each character. I guess they tried to follow the novel to the tee. But emotionally Roy Mai is just one of best lakorn of the year in my view. Maneerin death scene in episode 15 alone made me cry.
And I agree with you, a lot of characters were not needed : Wongprajan, Thanin’s lover and Rerin’s mother. And Suriya/Rerin storyline was not developed at all by episode 5 ! It’s a pity because there was so much potential in the first 5 episodes !
But I still keep Roy Mai as one of my lakorn because unlike Namtarn Mai I was in
As a whole, I still love Roy Mai- the ending can never take away the beautiful scenes and storyline between Maneerin and Siriwong. The love story of Rerin and Suriya is so underdeveloped that they need their own lakorn, sigh. I wonder if the director would sit down and say, “gee, I could make a better ending?” I guess I’m more disappointed because this lakorn could have been the perfect lakorn (in my eyes anyway..) there’s so much room to maneuver.. if.only.we.have.more.episodes. Apparently my imaginary letter to ch.3 (pleading for more episodes) didn’t make any waves.
and there is what overshadows every flaw of this show:
” Ateam did a fantastic job, their comfortability and chemistry has intensified even more than their previous lakorns. This is a drama to be remembered. I am happy for the ever after, but sad that it is over.. all too soon. The love story between Maneerin and Siriwong is utterly breathless.”
Offtopic but I have always felt that Aum had some “soft spot” for Aff. Apparently he always wants to kiss her onscreen and Aff is not agree obviously but she agreed to let him kiss her on the cheek and by her body language she is more comfortable with Aum than she is with other actors.
p.s : I also will miss Aum’s beautiful “behind”. Call me pervert but seriously lovefia don’t you think Aum has a pretty curvy body -what is rather rare among asian men ? when he walks it swings !
Frankly a lakorn like Roy Mai doesn’t deserve 15 episodes this is completly a joke ! From the very first time I heard this lakorn is 15 episodes I have been very sad and worried ! I think Roy Mai should have 20 episodes like GRGR !
Aff is GREAT in the first part of ep 15
ROFL “Aum’s beautiful behind” ! He must get it from all of the weight lifting lol, or perhaps he’s naturally gifted.
*wipes tears from laughing*
They are so comfortable together and I think they are friends offscreen too. I’m going to miss them! Pls share any sweet Ateam videos that you find in the future.. you are my resource for awesome videos!
I think this is natural plus the work helped also. I like to examine Aum look and I notice the way he stands himself, very straight ! Therefore I sometimes notice the way it sticks out.
Have you ever seen Aum in his earlier works ? He was so scrawny ! The kind of man I wouldn’t give a second glance. But he suddendly changed. Aum before 2006 and after is completly two different person. He looks more manly, buff plus a natural authoritativ/mean look
About the vids I will try find them. Gosh I have not yet finished Roy Mai and I already miss it…I feel so much for Siriwong/Maneerin bittersweet love !
And do you know Wanida won best foreign drama at TIFF tokyo ! YEAH for Aff !
LOL, I’ve only seen Aum after 2006 so fortunately, I did not have to see his scrawny side heeh. He is a phenomenal actor- his eyes are so expressive. He plays the mean/authoritative character well, especially in JLR.
Yay for Aff in Wanida! Awesome news.
Yesterday I watched JLR and before I had watched BGST and I realised how much the character Ateam played in Roy Mai, JLR and BGST are completely different ! For example, I guess if Siriwong/Suriya met Harit they would be enemy and if Ahyong met Soriya the former would bark on the latter so that she could get stronger. Aum becomes the character. But I heard his real life personality is closer to Harit than the other.
Why don’t you want to see Aum as a skinny juvenile boy ? Do you want to keep this image of muscular manly handsome man in your head instead of little harmless boy Aum ? I think it is so much fun to see how far he has come from !
Let’s just say that I am a fan of Aum first for his acting, his good looks is a bonus. I know he worked hard to get to where he’s at and I admire him for that.
I watched an interview while they were filming JLR and they mentioned that his personality is that of Harit (the devil lol) but I wonder if he’s still like that? It has been a few years. Maybe some people just don’t change.. I like to think that Nat “domesticated” him.
I’m going to head to bed.. it’s getting super late 🙂 Thanks for the chat Lilly, talk to you soon!
Goodnight girl !
I skimmed this final episode on thinkjadenxd’s channel. I kinda feel jipped because the Rerin & Suriya storyline was just rushed. I’d say at least 40% of this series focused on Bua Ngern, which annoyed me. Yes you’re a bitter old hag..get over it already. Siriwattana annoyed me too. And the last bit? Mei is still hungry? Well, you’re a friggin ghost beast. Go kill some chickens yourself you lazy turd.
@Lilly: yea I think it’s weird Aff doesn’t let Aum kiss her on the mouth. Last year, she let Tik kiss her in Wanida. What gives? This is my second Aff lakorn with Wanida being my first. I watched it because I wanted to see how different the remake would be from the original that starred Saranyu and Mew. Back to kissing. This is probably why I’m a fan of Janie and Anne because they’re down for a real make out scene. This is 2011, not 1990. Thais seem to be less prudish now than when I was growing up. Aff should just kiss her hot costars already. Lol
Ne- yeah, for the ending, I think we (as fans) got the short end of the stick. Bleh. But I still like it.
I think the Thai culture is still not down for a whole make out scene as Westerners yet, hehe. Anne and Janie only do the smack on the lips, we don’t get the open mouth. The culture still has a sense of shame when it comes to PDA. As for actors/actresses, I think they are starting to come out of their comfort shell so to speak. I mean, acting is acting and let’s leave it at that. To be a believable actor I think they need to make it real. Having said that, I totally respect their decisions. But it makes it extra special when they go in for the real kiss- so I get what you’re talking about.
ROFL, love this post.
Can’t believe they went for the Rerin losing her memory route. Is that how the novel went? Memory loss by drowning – another eye roll worthy lakorn medical condition to add to the list.
According to the novel she had a severe head trauma that caused the blood vessels in her brain to burst. They operated on it but it’s a very slim chance that she will be normal again. It’s odd how she was all loony one moment, sees the fabrics and hears his music and is normal again. Like I said.. it must be a miracle, because medically it’s unbelievable. Are you caught up? I guess my spazzing post didn’t quite come to pass lol.
@J yes it’s written like that in the novel. They pretty much followed it. Remember this lakorn is all about mystery and uncanny events to begin with so the “miracle” thing doesn’t bother me at all.
Now after watching the whole raw version I can say I am satisfied with the endin. Oddly I think this is a good closure. And I am not frustrated byy Rerin and Suriya lack of development anymore because the ending showed me that their life/fate and love is entirely linked to Maneerin/Siriwong. Even though the lakorn focused more on the latter couple, their love (Rerin/Siriwong) remains very deep. I found the last scene beautiful. Ateam chemistry helps a lot.
I liked the acting of the lead the most in this episode. Chai made me cried when he became crazy and lonely. He missed his brother and the princess so much ! When he picked the flower he used to pick for Maneerin and he had this bittersweet expression…I cried. I cried at Maneerin death too and I felt so bad for Thanin when he died. No no sincerely the last episode is a good closure for me.
I finished ep13 yesterday and I will continue tonight. I liked Ateam’s sweet scenes but overall it was still too little too late for me. =O I can’t even feel annoyance towards the villains because I’m immune to their presence already and the only character that makes me want to slap her is Rerin’s mom.
@Lily, thanks for the clarification on the novel. So I guess all the focus on Bua Ngern is also due to the director following the novel closely?
Perhaps I’ve become such a jaded lakorn viewer lol. RM as a whole is a wonderful lakorn though and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Ateam. Let’s all raise our glasses to Aum and Aff!
You sait it Fia. As I said this is the best lakorn of the year for me emotionally. I still can’t get over Maneerin death scene and Siriwattana loneliness at the end. I even felt a little for Bua Ngern when Siriwattana left her for the last time and she cried. The past life is really tragic.
This is like jdrama “Jin” -I have not yet watched the second part. Even though “Jin”n-best drama of 2009 for me- has a better quality than Roy Mai I felt for the characters -especially the lead- in the latter drama the same
I haven’t seen any Jdramas to be honest, too busy with lakorns 🙂 There’s always one after another to watch!
Fia can you find me a cure against Roy Mai withdrawal ?sniff sniff
Rewatch Maneerin/Siriwong’s scenes? Their story is so tragic it’s hard for me to rewatch lol. How about JLR? For me, the best way to get over one lakorn, is to get into another hehe. Is that mean? Ateam will always hold a spot in my heart.
Do you like me, find Aff beautiful at the end when she comes to live with Suriya and Aum handsome when he said “pum rak khun” to Rerin ?
Here new MV ! I am not fan of old boys band song but Aum is too sexy to resist !
You should try some jdramas like “life”, “HYD”, “a long love letter”, “himitsu no hanazono”, “atsu hime” -but I stopped when her first husband, the shogunate died, so sad I couldn’t continue-, “yasha” ect…
Thanks Lilly, I’ll check them out on my spare time. Are there eng subs?
Maybe try the site “Mysoju” -I have not been there for a long time !
here some BTS roy mai vids; It’s old but it shows me another side of Aum. No wonder they said he is like Harith in real life. Usually I don’t like this kind of game. It always ends with serious fight but :
He is so wicked. Aum will be Aum.
Haha that’s a funny behind the scenes clip of Aum!
So I’m done with 2011 lakorns and my regular American tv programming is already showing repeats. It’s too early in the new season. ;( guess it’s back to YouTube to watch some Thai movies. Yay!
Yes your post said it all….why…WHY DID it remind me of Jai Rao? I thought i was the only one who felt that way. I am disappointed here. and when i feel that way all i do is think of everything BEFORE episode 15. Seriously…if it was a kdrama…it’d be one of those 100+ episodes..and i’d probably be watching the whole way….It really, seriously, needed more episodes, and if they were limited on episodes, they should have cut out the nonsense things we really didn’t need to know about. i.e. the things you’ve mentioned already. lols.
Regarding Jdorama, I just so happen to re-watch 1 Litre of Tears. It gets me every time, still cried like a baby. I would recommend it if you have not yet seen it.
Anyways the ending was so-so. Roy Mai is a good lakorn despite all the FF I did from the very first episode. I expected a more painful death for Bua Ngern. 70 years of misery is still not enough.
@Ne, Yay to more lakorn viewings 🙂
@Kao Lee Yang, Yes! I wish there were more episodes to indulge with RM. I know they want to follow the book, but sometimes, one has to make an executive decision to cut the nonsense!
@Fun, it was odd how she just spits out blood and passes away. It must be her last straw- fed up for 70 years worth of bitter resentment- to die of a final heartache from her grandson. It’s kind of poetic actually lol. Thanks for the recommendation of 1 Litre of Tears (perhaps that’s why you shed 1 litre of tears? hehe.)
Here a memory vid for you
Thank you Lilly, I soo miss them. 🙁