Ateam in Roy Mai (Silk Trace) – A Review
Posted on January 5, 2012
Ateam, a nickname for the beloved onscreen pair “Aum” Atichart and “Aff” Taksaorn, has reunited for their fourth lakorn installment titled Roy Mai (Silk Trace), where they gifted the fans with a tale of two forbidden love: one of a teacher (Rerin) and a restaurant owner (Suriya) that unequivocally tied to another tale of their past life, a princess (Maneerin) and prince (Siriwong) some 70 years ago. And Aff, as Rerin, must release the bond that tied the past to the present, in the form of an unfinished loom, in order to free a wandering spirit of her former betrothed as well as awaken her own dying spirit. The conflict lay in her foe, Bua Ngern who was determined to stop her.
Ateam encountered several challenges while filming this particular drama; they must bring characters from the book to life, overcome the language barrier (that of the Thai Northeastern dialect) and still keep the audience compelled by their excited reunion together. Have they succeeded? Let’s take a closer look at their portrayal of their characters.
Aum Atichart plays a devoted, gentlemanly and righteous man in Silk Trace, a 180-degree difference from that of his previous characters. Gone are the sadistic personality that of Harit Rangsiman in JumLoey Rak (Defendant of Love), the heartbroken son who was constantly rejected by his father in that of Botan Gleep Sudtai (The Last Peony Petal) and the soul so much in need of love that he confusedly seeks them from several females in that of Namtan Mai (Burnt Sugar.) Instead, Aum draws the fans in with his expressive eyes, emotional performance and comfortability with his costar, Aff. Clearly Aum’s acting is still top-notch, only improving as he ages, like wine. I only wished that his character Suriyawong and Siriwong played a bigger role in the plot. What we have in actuality is merely a man waiting ever so patiently for the woman he could not have, both in his present life and a life dated 70 years ago. Despite it all, when Aum is on screen, you simply cannot look away and you fall even more in love with the phenomenal actor that he is.
Aff Taksaorn fits the bill for both Rerin and Maneerin’s character, no one can look better in the traditional Lana costumes or the tasty, traditional outfits of silk textile teacher, Rerin. She transitions well between the quiet, classy but unfussy Rerin to that of stubborn, cheeky and tough princess Maneerin. Do recall the young and pretty Soriya in Jumloey Rak, the feisty ngiew performer and mechanic Tanyong in Botan Gleep Sudtai and the sophisticated yet spineless female in Namtan Mai: it is obvious that Aff has chosen better characters, improved her acting and has compelled fans to empathize more with her, especially her portrayal of Maneerin. I enjoyed watching Maneerin pursuing Siriwong, her stubbornly talking back to her maid as well as her tough attitude with Bua Ngern. But unfortunately, the storyline left me wanting more for the other love story- Rerin and Suriya- but by all means, it is no fault of Aff or Aum.
I do believe that Ateam has succeeded in bringing the characters to life, speaking believably in the Thai NE dialect as well as igniting their “Ateam fever” once again. And in the end, despite the failed evil characters and lack of better closure between Rerin and Suriya, they have rekindled the Ateam fire and overall, brought us a wonderful lakorn to love and remember. I only hope that this will not be their last installment together.
(You can read my reflections (all 7 of them) of Roy Mai (where I wrote wrote and wrote) while it was being aired. You can get a better idea of what occurred in the storyline as well as character development for the rest of the cast.)
Ch.3, 15 episodes, Aired on Sept. 15th
Act Art Production, Go here for Cast List
Just some quick thoughts on the other characters in this story:
- I thought Chai’s portrayal of Siriwattana was great, his acting was natural and you like him despite the fact that he’s the main reason why the present and past was such a mess.
- Maneerin’s maid was precious, every princess should have someone like her in their lives. The director picked a good actress for this role.
- May as Bua Ngern was annoying, she screamed too much made even worst because her character had no depth. As a nang rai, she failed in all of her attempts, well, aside from turning her devoted maid into a pet ghost and killing Siriwong.
- Speaking of her pet ghost, she was the freakiest, creepiest, and most loyal thing on this planet. A little unrealistic. Actually a lot.
- Rerin’s mom is a gullible woman who believes everyone but her own daughter. I imagined slapping her a few times.
- Jason Young as Thanin was pointless. Seriously, can’t you move on to other females, you control freak? I wish he had more depth too..
- Wongprajan and Saranya makes you ponder their purpose aside from irritating the crap out of me.
- The king and queen, appearing on this lakorn just for show, makes you understand why their kingdom is in such a shamble.
- So cardboard box villains and pointless characters aside, go Ateam! Haha..
Going down memory lane of Ateam’s lakorns
Jamloey Rak, who misses the undeniably hot bad boy Harit?
or the talented, soft spoken Ah-Joo in Botan Gleep Sudtai
or the psychotic, desperate to find love in Namtan Mai
Yes we love Ateam in all of their endeavors together (well maybe not so much Namtan Mai) and will miss their charismatic chemistry onscreen. But at any rate, this is my favorite picture of them: fresh and cute.
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Tagged: Aff Taksaorn, Aum Atichart, Roy Mai
Agree with everything u’ve written ~ 🙂
LOL! I agree! Some of the stuff was great and I wished they were more into details. But thank for the review! 🙂
thanks for the review. i’ve not seen this lakorn yet (i am scared of ghost) but you made it quite tempting.. 😀 btw, maybe u can tell us your favourite drama in 2011? Would love to get more lakorn recommendations from you..
I will have to admit that I was freaked out every time the ghost appeared. It’s similar to the ghost in Wayupak Montra (due to having the same director who likes to scare his audiences) only in RM, it’s worst. If you are an Ateam fan, it is a much watch. If you like beautiful displays of emotions between the onscreen couple, and beautiful shots of silk fabrics and culture of Chiang Mai, I would give it a chance as well. At least it’s worth watching Ateam scenes =)
Good idea about posting my favorite drama of 2011, but I’m afraid most fans already know this, hehe. It’s the lakorn that I was obsessed over.. the same one you lost sleep over (yes, I read your blog!)
I believe their chemistry saved this lakorn for me, at least I finished it lol it would have been an award winning drama but because there were so many other dysfunctional characters lol it sorta ruined it.
Do you mind doing a Namtan Mai review? I want to know your opinion on it. The character of Pawan was a perfect mess.
Indeed, Pawan was a perfect mess. Namtan Mai would be forever categorized under ‘I’ve no idea how I finished it” lakorn list. It was so painful to watch throughout the entire lakorn (minus Ateam scenes) but even that couldn’t save the plot, storyline, characters from sucking so badly (for the lack of a better word.) The actors did a great job (Ateam and Ploy), don’t get me wrong, but I think it was a waste of their acting. I just didn’t get the whole point of story.. aside from putting the audience through excruciating pain. At any rate, that’s my thought on it =)
thanks fia!! 😀 So that’s your favourite too? Glad to know we are on the same boat…GRGR fever is an epidemic i tell u!!
oooh, I love the last pic of ATeam. Well, you already know what I think about Roy Mai so… here’s hoping Aum and Aff won’t wait too long to pair up for another lakorn. I wish they would do a romantic comedy and give me a lots of amazing swoony love without too much angst or silly meddlers. Ahh, a fan can hope. 🙂
I’m hoping right along with you J! We need a lakorn that is not a typical lakorn, let’s set a new trend lakorn directors/writers! Conflict doesn’t have to arise with pointless characters. There is more than one way to skin a cat. =)
I want more of ATeam. I miss miss them together!!!
Thank you Fia for the review:
The last two episodes of RM made me cry for three days and gave me headache. What ruined the lakorn a bit is the pointless second characters/the director who didn’t manage well his time -some scenes and episodes wasted on unnecessary “evil” characters- and some “bloppers”. Actually this kind of storyline needs more than 15 episodes to explain things and develop the main leads love story. But it remains my fav of the year because it felt different from the other lakorns this year -the culture, the language, the three main leads acting, the n’ek characterisation, the script, no slap&kiss…- and eventhough I had some complaints about the leads love development, when key scenes appeared they left a mark in my mind and met my expectations:
episode 8: weaving competition
episode 11: maneerin saving Siriwong life
episode 12: Siriwong accept maneerin love
episode 13: Siriwattana confronts Siriwong
episode 14: maneerin mourning after Siriwong death (Aff did a good job here)
episode 15: maneerin death
Anyway RM could have been better and it still doesn’t beat BGST as my all time fav lakorn (acting, family bonds, moral, culture theme) but I couldn’t resist Ateam !
So many magical moments from the A team in this lakorn!
However was more than slightly disappointed with the lack of closure given by the ending.
It had such a great storyline that developed beautifully, one can only wonder why the ending was so vague..
One of the best lakorn I’ve seen but it’s so frustrating to know that it could’ve been soooo much better with a bit more detail.
For example the song for the wedding; did I miss it or you never get to hear what he actually wrote??
Yes, it was a very rushed ending. An unfortunate thing indeed. We knew what he wrote for the wedding, but it was never verbalized as the wedding didn’t happen. I too wished it could have a better closure and better villains. I thought the saving grace of the lakorn are the two characters, present and past. Other than that, this lakorn could still use some work. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Chilate!