On September 12, Sina reported that the movie Tay Xuat Ngoc Mon starring Nghe Ni and Bach Vu was released to the audience with many mixed opinions. In particular, the special effects part is of most concern because the film is adapted from the novel by writer Vi Ngu, building a mysterious and magical world of Ngoc Mon Quan with many strange phenomena. However, when the movie aired, the audience judged that many special effects scenes did not meet fans’ expectations.
The scene was considered old and uncreative in Tay Xuat Ngoc Mon
Accordingly, Tay Xuat Ngoc Mon tells the story of the journey of female protagonist Diep Luu Tay (Nghi Ni) and Xuong Dong (Bach Vu) along with the expedition group to Hai Long hill, located on the ancient Silk Road. Diep Luu Tay is a girl with a mysterious background, lost all her memory, and wants to know who she is. And Xuong Dong set out to find his fiancée’s body. Two years ago, he was nicknamed “Desert Fang” with his talent for exploring and conquering all terrains. But one time Xuong Dong led his lover Khong Uong and his friends on an expedition, they encountered a desert sandstorm that left 18 people missing and from then on Xuong Dong lost everything, had to go into hiding, living in misery. During the expedition, the group encountered many scary phenomena, creating a mysterious and fascinating journey.
With the above content, the audience expects Tay Xuat Ngoc Mon to build a new world, with magical phenomena that have both cultural spiritual elements and eye-catching techniques.
However, the TV version of Tay Xuat Ngoc Mon was criticized because the scene of the expedition group driving into another dimension in Ngoc Mon Quan was very fake. The special effects scene was judged to be similar to a 2000s movie with old colors and a lack of creativity. Besides, the symbols of the story such as shadow puppets and desert sand are all considered unbeautiful and do not add appeal to the story.
The effects of the Western film Ngoc Mon were criticized as being fake and not causing fear like in the original
According to Sina, Western export Ngoc Mon received mixed opinions about the content. In particular, the audience who read the original said that the film closely followed the novel, without excessive adaptations, the characters all had the same temperament and appearance as what writer Vi Ngu described.
However, for those who have not read the novel, it is difficult for the audience to understand the power of the character Diep Luu Tay, or the mysterious world the author describes. The film does not do a good job of explaining the character’s characteristics, background or story context.
Besides, Sina also believes that Ngoc Mon from the West has not created a scary and dangerous atmosphere like in the story. Partly because the film’s effects did not meet the audience’s imagination, besides, the cast’s acting was also not reasonable.
In it, Diep Luu Tay is a girl who has lost her memory and is determined to find her roots. Nghe Nhi was able to describe the wild and arrogance of the female lead, but could not highlight the character’s background, it seemed like finding her memory had no weight for her. Therefore, the audience feels the film lacks motivation to follow and no longer feels that this journey is important. Similarly, Xuong Dong’s sadness over losing his girlfriend and living in loneliness was not clearly described by Bach Vu.
On the other hand, the advantages of Ngoc Mon’s Western production are the uniform acting of the cast, new content, and realistic scenes because the film crew went to the desert to film outdoor scenes.