Film Review: Waiting For My Cup of Tea (2021) by Zhan Fu Hua

“Ready For My Cup of Tea” is undeniably a sluggish burn. Regardless of being underneath two hours, the plot strikes relatively steadily, leaving viewers to ponder over every set piece, and dwell over the ongoings. A reasonably typical love story, there’s not something overwhelmingly thrilling to seek out right here, however for individuals who are followers of melodramatic tales of romance, there’s lots to sink your enamel into.

“Waiting For My Cup of Tea” is screening at Asian Pop-Up Cinema

Nearly all of the movie focuses on two relatively enigmatic characters, Xiao Hua (Ellen Wu), and Huang Zi Jie (Simon Lian). They’re each cussed in their very own methods, and have loads of baggage, but discover themselves drawn to one another in seemingly unstated attraction (at first, at the least). Navigating their very own hardships and considering romance, loss and life itself, they change into a supply of consolation to one another, all whereas sizzling tea stays because the stunning bonding agent.

For all of the quirkiness, “Ready For My Cup of Tea” does fail to flee a number of the pitfalls normally current in a melodramatic romance flick. For one, a way of “will they, or gained’t they?” lingers within the background, and whereas the reply is predictable, no makes an attempt are made at altering the narrative. Moreover, whereas the thought of the previous, or exes, inflicting a wrench within the current is truthful and affordable, it will possibly usually unravel tediously, or confusingly, on the display.

With that being mentioned, the eventual climax does repay nicely, and permits each protagonists to come back to an answer that fits each of their personalities. There is no such thing as a overdrawn, daring assertion of affection, or actually something dramatic, however relatively a heat embrace served up with the new tea that drew the couple collectively. In that regard, the consistency of the film is properly labored, and helps to permit for some semblance of memorability.

Persevering with, the performing of each Ellen Wu and Simon Lian is robust, and aids within the couple being investable. Ellen performs a vibrant, and an often energetic painter who leads together with her coronary heart and lets the remaining observe, whereas Simon Lian depicts a contemplative, unwell inward-looking man with an actual finesse. The chemistry between the pairing is neatly executed too, giving some depth to a script that may generally miss the mark.

Technically, all the things is tight, with some vibrant colors bringing sure settings to life, and the surroundings befitting the story which is unravelling. Very similar to the movie itself, all the things is neat and with out fuss, and that does work to a bonus.

General, whereas “Ready For My Cup of Tea” might not tick all of the bins, it nonetheless offers loads of poignant moments. It’s unlikely to be for everybody, however so far as love tales go, there’s definitely a lot worse on the market.



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