4 Reasons to Watch “With You”
While 2020 has been a tough year for everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most people are still able to seek refuge in the comfort of their homes. On the other hand, medical professionals don’t have this luxury as they are on the frontlines fighting against the nasty virus. Mainland Chinese medical drama With You <在一起>, which is based on real people and real stories, seeks to illustrate the heartbreaking reality that goes on behind hospital doors by presenting how patients and professionals alike are battling the pandemic.
According to With You‘s writer, the series scored 8.9 points on Douban because of the relatable plot. Although some may argue that the drama tends to romanticize the stories, here are four reasons why this COVID-19- based drama is worth a watch.
1. The Focus on Details
Every single frame narrates each character’s story in great detail with effective camera angles to illustrate their complicated emotions while facing the grim reality. For instance, the camera honed in on how the hospital dean drearily walked up the staircase alone step by step. There were also shots of a mother waiting at the hospital unwilling to leave by herself and a young delivery man wearing a swimming cap and goggles to protect himself. These detailed scenes showed viewers that people with the infection, their loved ones, and even strangers are suffering.
2. Showcases Inner Strengths
When faced with life and death, there will undoubtedly be changes in terms of one’s mentality. With You highlights this intricate process that’s happening within each character by showcasing them acting on their bravery and fearlessness even in times of great uncertainty. For example, a young food delivery man received a request to deliver food to the hospital. He struggled internally, wondering whether or not he should take such a huge risk and go to a hospital filled with coronavirus patients. In the end, he can only toughen up as he accepted the order.
3. Actors Brought to Life Complicated Emotions
Portraying real-life characters can be even more difficult than fictional ones, as actors would need to do them justice by accurately conveying their stories. Actor Zhang Jiayi (张嘉译), who played the hospital dean, had to remain calm and practice self-control while confronting those who lost their loved ones. Actors portraying real-life people, such as medics, had to balance the complicated emotions of having to act strong and wanting to break down and cry.
4. The Greatness of Humanity
Unsurprisingly, the meaning of humanity is greatly tested in the face of life and death. Being selfless and sacrificing for others is no easy task, but it is the greatest aspect of humanity. It does not have to be significant because even the simplest of actions like wearing a mask can be just as lifesaving. The stories in With You are a reminder of the importance of being responsible and staying strong even during the toughest challenges in life.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.