A Whole Lotta Love- First Impressions on This Land is Our Land (Week 1)
Posted on July 1, 2012
They say that cooking good food requires love. I believe that can be applied to everything one does in life; give it love and it shall grow. It’s how I feel about Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong- it has been given so much love and as a result, it is a great story.
I shall not add “so far” to my last sentence, because I have faith that the director shall see it through.
From episode one, we are introduced to the characters, the setting, and the tone of the drama so gradually for it to be genuine and believable. It feels like we are living on the farm with them and are part of their close-knit, funny community. The story takes its time showing us the shape and form of the characters, makes us feel invested in them.
I could watch Nadech and Yaya on screen everyday, they are that cute together. They play off each other’s expressions so well; maybe it’s due in part to their familiarity with each other. The farm workers are a hoot and I enjoy watching them interact with Arthit. The only questionable part about the drama so far is the side story with the girl at the shop. I don’t know how that has to do with our main couple yet, but I’m sure we will find out.
The amount of screen time between Arthit and Darunee is much appreciated. She’s still trying to sabotage him, but fails every time. I wonder when or if she will succeed? Despite it all, she’s seeing the good nature in Arthit and can’t help but bob her head to the music he plays, smile at him when they are in on the same joke, and internally defend the farmer in him on his behalf. She’s still stubborn but she’s doing all of this so she could remain as the top grandchild in grandmother’s eyes and doesn’t want to share the limelight.
There’s so much to love about Arthit’s character. He truly is the epitome of a good guy. You want to cheer him on. Whereas Darunee, who is a brat- but a very cute one at that- I get what she’s trying to do and can’t really fault her.
You may not get a drama filled with plots of revenge, rape or any of the typical themes you’d see in a lakorn, but I’m ok with that. I don’t (always) need it. Just give me a drama developed with a lotta love and I shall be enamored. Such is the case with Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong.