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這劇的故事可說是完全虛擬然後夾雜了許多金庸武俠小說元素及其他現代元素,但比一般「現代喜劇化」的古裝作品沒有太過現代化。
其實歷史上都有禁武的事出現過,因當朝皇帝曾怕被威脅至借武以組兵力謀朝篡位。當這事件出現時,江湖武林在當朝情況下變成怎樣呢?我覺得這劇的故事就很有創意地想像整個武林在這情況下會是怎樣的局面。這劇的立場是基本上武林是受到朝廷嚴密的控制,而控制方法是東廠定期派「化功丸」即「恩賜丹」給武林人士服用,而在武功盡失又欠缺自由下會怕惡勢力亦會較重利益。然後規定有個內定的「武林盟主」和「新晉英雄」以協管治,這真正做到武林名存實亡的效果。
主角玉雲龍的職業很有趣,除了是個說書人外也是武林導賞員,我覺得導賞員這職業感覺很現代化,亦因這角色帶出整個武林有那幾個門派。記得他帶著遊客觀看各大門派顯武功的片段,令我想起金庸小說中裘千丈這人物,為騙人相信他是他弟弟裘千仞那般武功高強而製作不同道具在人前表演。
劇中還提出有新晉英雄選舉,雲龍因為試圖向皇上告東廠而被捕入獄,在編寫「悔過書」的片段發揮了他當說書人的本領,這片段的表達非常有創意。最重要是劇中很清楚表達「悔過書」的內容和結果,在第一次是關於玉嬌鳳的故事,令嬌鳳被迫裝作香艷女子,當第二次「悔過書」關於仇在心時可猜到如果在心看後的心情,結果看見在心生氣但無法宣洩時真的很有喜劇效果非常惹笑。
而後來就開始發展三角戀,凡是那些不斷壞疑、妒忌、不講理的關係我個人就不大喜歡。他們三人都因練了《普善真經》都有「同情共感」,但我覺得這「同情共感」是選擇性的,否則仇在心不會有太多猜疑甚至拒絕合作對付任我飛。
雖然不太欣賞主角的感情線因始終糾纏太多,但這劇有兩大概念我頗欣賞。作為俠士要救急扶危,不需有明顯的褒獎,只要多點救助弱勢就有意義。另外提到一個真正的男子漢不在於生理,而是精神及行動,當中所講的「男子漢」可指敢為的思想。這些其實不只應用在武俠故事,現實都可應用到。

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-16 19:48

ivylht
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此劇名為「翻生武林」那麼必定會有「翻生」的過程,那麼最根本就是要謀反改朝換代。所以任我飛和孔雜這人物就是最主要做這件事的人。當然孔雜其實頗正氣亦是革命的狂熱份子,但任我飛其實卻是全劇的終極大壞蛋。要對付這大壞蛋要有一套武功就是《普善真經》中的「心心相印」,其實這應該是對應金庸小說中的「玉女素心劍法」,不過這一式武功有點西化因為始終心形是屬於西方的形狀或符號,感覺有點怪。至於任我飛自行練《普善真經》令自己生出好、壞飛,我覺得有點令結尾草草了結,要打敗任我飛可以用點精彩點的智取方法例如因為《普善真經》第十式是化戾氣為祥和,這是任我飛難有亦不願達到的境界。而男女主角關係在這時終於得到共識決定合作對付他時領悟到當中要旨,創出比原來的第十式更厲害的「心心心心相印」之類而功力靠支持他們的輔助,終於打敗任我飛。
總結這劇很有喜劇性和娛樂性,當中的趣味是當了解金庸武俠小說作品後所對應出的效果很精彩。如發揮想像劇中的暗喻,其實跟現實般都那樣壓抑,大部份人都按這社會指示工作,但未必可靠興趣發展自己,像「廢武功」一樣。
欣賞這劇製作,期待下部作品播出。

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-16 20:04

ivylht
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痴線。根本就是一部鬧劇。低莊。邊有咁博大精深。

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-17 22:02

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I also agree with ivylht.

The concept and story of the series is actually pretty interesting. The 武林 references and throwbacks were quite clever and witty. There were a few flaws like the ending and the main pairing being a bit weak but there were also shining moments like 玉雲龍's fantasy stories vs reality comparisons and the definition of how to be a「男子漢」- these were all strong points that could've been explored further.

From what I've heard, most people who actually watched the show appreciated the humor and themes. Many of the negative reviews seem to come from those who never watched enough of the series to get it. One of the biggest weaknesses this show had is poor marketing. The commercials didn't properly communicate the story or the theme. Older viewers expected it to be a traditional ancient series - which it isn't. Younger viewers expected it to be pure, off-the-rails comedy - which it isn't either.

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發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-18 3:11

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(continued from prior post)

The show is really targeted toward the mid-demographic age of 25s-45s, where viewers are old enough to understand the 武林 references and mature themes while also open-minded enough to accept an imaginary, fantasy setting.

As an example, just compare it to a series like 逆緣. If you look at the first few episodes of 逆緣, it has no major selling points, the story starts but doesn't go anywhere fast where viewers gets attached to any particular storyline or character. But the ratings are high right from the beginning and stayed there for the hype of a few big name actors. Compare that to 翻生武林 whose story moved much quicker and has a lot more to say but never had a shot in reaching the audience it was targeted for. The ratings started low and stayed the same. If the series was really poor, then the ratings would've dropped further.

Overall, this series deserved more recognition. It had a good concept, moments of humor, and some great performances.

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-18 3:12

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同意StoryForest的講法。尤其是對一般不同年齡的觀眾看法,其實這劇雖然有缺點但表達方式的確跟以往是大有不同。

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-18 7:45

ivylht
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Whatever, obviously think too much on a baseless unconvincing drama. Nobody really cares. The result of watching rate speaks it all.

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-20 19:05

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That's incorrect, because "watching rate" only equates to "how many viewers did the drama attract" and that can drastically change due to a number of factors like timing, marketing, trends etc.

The reason there is so much focus on "watch rate" is because it leads to financial gain. If financial gain is the single determining factor of whether a drama is good or bad then there is no point in being in the creative business - just copy.

TVB should know that in order to create good dramas, they need to focus on the source (script/production/marketing), not the result (viewership/fame/money). If all you do is chase for viewership, then you're already playing a losing game.

All market leaders know that markets are not meant to be chased after, they are meant to be created.

發表於 Posted on: 2018-04-21 7:29

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