Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Nur Kasih The Movie" Review

Forget previous proclamations made by other local films, THIS is the most anticipated movie of the year in this part of the world. I mean, the Nur Kasih TV series sparked a phenomenon a couple of years ago when it was aired on TV3, attracting over 19 million viewers and changing perceptions about local shows along the way.
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The show’s stars, especially leading lady Tiz Zaqyah, shot into superstardom almost over night and Nur Kasih has remained on the lips and consciousness of the general public long after the last episode was screened. The catch-up videos on tv3.com.my meanwhile, notched up more than 64 million views. Yes, 64 MILLION VIEWS. Kapow!
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So now, about the movie.
. But before I go any further, let me just tell you that I’ve been shot plenty of envious looks since I told people that I had actually watched the final cut of Nur Kasih The Movie. The hardcore fans have even warned me about revealing too many plot details (“tak syok lah kalau dah tau”, they say), and so, this “review” will reveal just enough stuff without threatening to spoil your viewing pleasure.

And oh yeah, I’m not one of those hardcore fans that could remember every single scene and dialogue from the TV series (like I know every single thing about “Ali Setan”, for example). But I know enough lah. Haha.

So the movie is in fact a continuation of the series that basically featured the conflicts of a love-triangle of sorts between Nur Amina (Tiz Zakyah), and brothers Aidil (Fizz Fairuz) and Adam (Remy Ishak). We know that Adam married Nur due to his father’s dying wish although the pious Aidil clearly had feelings for her.

The loutish Adam went on to treat Nur like sh** but after he finally repented, their marriage came under threat when he went missing and presumed dead in a foreign land. But of course, he was still alive (though not exactly “kicking”) all along, and by the final episode, we saw him returning home to Nur (yay!), and everyone lived happily ever after.
Or did they?
.Apart from a train crashing in a middle eastern country, the first five minutes of the film also reveals a very important plot point, i.e.: Aidil has lost his wife Aliya (Ayu Raudhah). (This is SIX YEARS after we last saw them in the series, btw). The reason for her demise is not immediately revealed but Aidil is now suffering in the depths of despair and it is my prediction that the crying will already start in the cinemas within these first few minutes. So, crank out the tissue boxes early, yeah?

Also, at this point, I bet the women in the theatres will be going: “I’ll marry him! I’ll marry him! Tak kiralah dia single father, janji macho dan beriman, ok?” Hehe.

Meanwhile, Adam and Nur are leading a rather good life, although still childless. Their spare time is spent at a shelter for troubled kids, including one (Sara Ali) who obviously has the hots for Adam. And when Nur receives confirmation from the doctor that she’s finally pregnant, the couple feels like they’re on top of the world.
.Like I said, I won’t spoil it too much for you lot, so I’m skipping one important plot point and just tell you that Adam and Nur would later wind up in Jordan for some R&R. It is there that we see what really happened to that train and the consequences of it.

Back in KL, Aidil is still bergelumang dengan kesedihan, and you would really feel for him, especially when the kids (one of whom is played by the super adorable Mia Sara) make awkward statements about their late mom. But the fighter that he is, Aidil soldiers on and even helps to look after the shelter for troubled kids in the absence of Adam and Nur.
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Again, I won’t be giving away big spoilers, but just to say that both Adam and Aidil will be put through life-threatening situations. Who will die? Who will survive? Ah, kena tengok lah, ok?

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The actors have such great chemistry between them that even the corniest of lines or scenes seem natural and never out of place. And this film DOES have some retweet-worthy lines that will also no doubt be on the FB status updates of its legion of fans.

Directed by Kabir Bhatia, there’s also no doubt that this is one absolutely gorgeous film. And while the top-notch cinematography was only previously enjoyed on the small screen, seeing it on the silver screen is a different experience altogether. The scenes in Jordan especially, look stunning and soothing all at once and the sweeping paddy fields back in Malaysia will also take your breath away.

I also like the original music, expertly done by Hafiz Hamidun. The dramatic scenes greatly benefit from the soaring score and it lends a certain “bigness” to the film. And who would have thought that a local epic love story like this would have some memorable action scenes as well?

A minor disappointment is in the CGI department (yes, there’s actual special effects!) that looks, well, not as impressive as the rest of the film. And yes, those who’ve never seen the TV series at all, might have some questions about the plot earlier on, but everything is tied up nicely at the end; so no big worries there.

So yes, I believe Nur Kasih The Movie (opening 19th May 2011) will break all kinds of records at the box office. Not because of the hype or its huge fan base, but simply because it’s a pretty darn good movie...



22 comments:

sultanmuzaffar said...

Not fair! GUA editor not invited to watch the special screening! Merajuk!

M.Zul said...

alamak! nanti sampaikan msg kat organiser :)

Ammar said...

review ni mcm banyak spoiler je...takut nak baca habis.

M.Zul said...

eh, mana ada. semua tu dah ada dalam trailer :)

Anonymous said...

Peminat tegar Nur Kasih melapurkan diri nak buat sikit pembetulan, chewah..you wrote "Nur married Adam due to her father dying wish" when it should be "Adam married Nur due to his father dying wish". Nur accepted Adam because that's what her father wished "anak ustaz hassan, masa depan Nur akan terjamin, percaya lah" kata Pak Imam Bakar. But then Nur ditinggal Adam lepas Ustaz Hassan meninggal!!

mad redo1 said...

now you got me salivating about the movie... hehehe...

M.Zul said...

ah, finally ada peminat tegar bagi comment. (tp kenapa takde nama ek?) hehe. thanks for the correction. apparently, i missed that episode :)
mad redo1: yes, u have to watch at least twice :)

Anonymous said...

Wow...intriguing review!!!! A KB's fan. His work has set up a standard in Malay movie making. This one should be another evergreen.

Anonymous said...

maknenye nnt antara adam n aidil..slh seorang akn mati ke???? T_T mintak2 la bkn adam...tp tgok triler mcm adam je yg mati....

Siti Fatimah said...

You also have "some retweet-worthy lines that will also no doubt be on the FB status updates of its legion of fans" i think.

Like this one:

"Also, at this point, I bet the women in the theatres will be going: “I’ll marry him! I’ll marry him! Tak kiralah dia single father, janji macho dan beriman, ok?” Hehe."

:D. Nice review. Thanks.

M.Zul said...

TQ all :)

Rahmat Fahim said...

nak tnye sarah ade berlakon x??

aKu C nOY said...

can't wait to watching diz movie... hoho....

Anonymous said...

I should come over to Jb to watch Nur Kasih Movie.....well I'm one of the greatest fan in Singapore..
reading all your reviews makes me stand on my feet.......of course am looking foward.......

Mel Marie said...

hi....I've been watching Nur Kasih series since when i accidentaly switched channel and saw the beautiful shots and color of it...so i was thinking "oh wow! who is the director?". I ended up watching it until the end and i can say this was the best malay series ever!...my whole family watched it too... we didnt mind abt how it being religious...it was so reality...the storyline is great....

M.Zul said...

then, u will definitely enjoy the movie!

effielocx said...

hi..minta izin copy paste kay;)

M.Zul said...

effielocx, silakan :)

Anonymous said...

SG'S NurKasih Biggest Fan Here! Do you guys have any idea when it will be screened in the Lion's City.I can't hell sleep at night thinking abt the movie ,folks.

Umi Asura Sanusi said...

review yang sangat best!!! lepas ni mesti makin berduyun-duyun lah orang datang nak tengok cerita nur kasih ni..

ni review saya pulak..

review movie nur kasih

Saliha said...

yes agreed with comment ammar. Review ni mmg byk spoiler almost reaveal the whole storyline dlm movie hehehe

M.Zul said...

saliha, boleh tak beritahu part mana dlam review in yang TAKDE dalam trailer? spoiler tu bila cerita apa yg ada dalam Act 3 (lazimnya the last 20mins) sesuatu filem tu. Cuba baca balik, ada tak part Act 3 yg diceritakan kat sini?

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