Starring Jing Boran, Zhou Dongyu, Qu Zheming, Tian Zhuangzhaung
Romantic. Authentic. Absorbing.
Us and Them alternates between color and black and white, past and present, following a pair of friends turned lovers as they flow in and out of each other’s lives, but never out of love. Their romance is modest and realistic, and the film’s all the more effective because of it. Ultimately, their story is disappointing and, at times, difficult to watch, not due to any weakness on the part of the movie, but because of its aim to accurately portray the joy and pain of this relationship. I believe Us and Them is successful in what it’s trying to accomplish, despite its conclusion feeling dragged out, and certain moments becoming overly maudlin, but most of all, I happen to love romantic comedies, and be indifferent to romantic dramas, such as this film.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-