High on my list is of course the big budget RM20 million movie Puteri Gunung Ledang.
But of late, I must say I'm also very proud of the Chinese movies from beloved Malaysia - such as Great Day (天天好天), Woohoo! 大日子 (this is the best to me!), and Ah Niu's 初恋红豆冰 Ice Kacang Puppy Love.
And next comes... Nasi Lemak 2.0!
I'm sure the first thing that comes to many people's mind is... "Oh oh, it's from that Negarakuku guy - Namewee!".
Yeah, the 'Eminen of Malaysia' who complains bout the country via his songs, and even made headlines in the nation for that!
And now, he's doing a 1 Malaysia movie..
"Wa lao eh, really ah?"
The answer "Really wor!"
And it's that curiosity plus all the online & offline hype that makes me so wanna watch it too (and of course the fact, of supporting local movies, ehem ehem) :)
In this movie, Namewee plays a very close similarity from the personality we know - the daring 'local hero'.. just like what he does in real life - vulgar at most times, but with a purpose. And here, we do see the other side of 'him' too - one that's a lil more subdued.
So what I like bout this movie? Firstly, it's a comedy ala Malaysian style.. which has quite a bunch full of laughing moments.
There's lots of 'hidden messages' too. Just like his songs, Namewee has quite a fair bit of fun poking jokes in the movie too - at our internet, Tenaga, the foreign workers here in the country, etc. I can't help but compare this similarity to Jack Neo's poke-fun-at-Singapore movies though.
Oh, and it was rather cool too for Namewee to be able to get the other 'big guns' like Afdlin Shauki, Adibah Noor, Dato David Arumugan (Alleycats), Nadine Ann Thomas (Miss Malaysia 2010!) and even Kenny Chan & Chee Hood Siong from the Baba Nyonya series (& of course The Big Bibik webseries!).
While all is good, however, I'd prefer if the movie did not repeat some of the jokes, or didn't make some excessive behaviour of certain characters (the waiter with the tongue keep coming out for example). But I guess we can close an eye on these if we take the movie as a whole.
A good cast, funny script (which can never go wrong with Malaysians), well done publicity, this movie is most likely ready for success.
So my verdict?
Boay pai lah! (ie not bad - in Hokkien)
Go 'eat' the Nasi Lemak if you are Malaysian.
Go 'eat' the Nasi Lemak if you want some laughter.
Go 'eat' the Nasi Lemak to support local film industry.
Go 'eat' the Nasi Lemak if you want to get some inspiration for your own Malaysian movie (ehem ehem!).
*Did the cast collage poster above from pics from the official website :)