Movie Critics: Legenda Budak Setan

This would be my first posting under the Arts Appreciation category and this entry is about a movie I went to last night with my wife. According to my wife, this film is based on a best-selling novel way-back in the 1990s. In general, just like any other films which were based on novels, they lack the details. I won’t go further in commenting the lack of details as I haven’t read the book myself. What I am going to comment is about the movie itself – or to be exact, what flaws occurred in the movie.

Legenda or Lagenda?

Officially, the movie’s spelling is Lagenda. However, if I’m not mistaken, according to DBP, the correct spelling is legenda. The producers of movies should check the proper spellings with DBP as mispelling in our own language is equivalent to an insult to the language itself!

The role of a Vice-Chancellor

In the movie, there’s a scene about Kasyah being called by one college officer reminding him to behave. In that scene, the officer gave a letter of warning in relation to Kasyah’s behaviour. Surprisingly, the officer said “…saya sebagai Naib Canselor…” Does the film-maker know what’s the level of a Naib Canselor? The VC or NC is THE BOSS for the whole university – like the CEO. It is not logical for such a senior person to pass a warning letter to a student. Unless he has no other job in the office and passing a warning letter to one particular student would make him look very busy.

Addressing a Lecturer

There’s a scene where a nerd girl went to the library to bring a book entitled ‘International Marketing’ for her lecturer. When the lecturer enters the lecture hall and about to begin the class, the students greeted him (like a high school student greeting a teacher) and addressed the lecturer with the title ‘Cikgu’. As far as I know, the title Cikgu was never accorded for a lecturer.  Did the film-maker ever attended tertiary education!?

Kampung Trip: Battery Supply

Ok, Kasyah is on a Kampung Trip where the village has no electricity, no internet – no civilisation. Just wondering, how can he charge his Digital Camera battery in a place with no electricity!? Did he bring LOTS OF BATTERIES? I don’t think so – not practical.

Professional Photographer’s image

Kasyah is said to be a professional photographer. But, in my opnion, at least show him using a different set of lenses because a professional photographer normally has more than one and these lenses are longer than the basic one. Maybe shooting a scene to show this professional image of him as a photographer might be too redundant to the film-maker.

Ayu’s Mother

What kind of a mother is she? She listens to her ex-son-in-law? And then what happened? Her daughter lost her memory.  Not logical for a mother to believe in her ex-son-in-law than her own daughter.

Where’s the Iqamah?

When Ayu delivered her child, the scene showed a nurse calling Kasyah to meet for the first time his daughter. In Islam, a new born should be greeted with an Azan or an Iqamah for boy or girl respectively. To my shocking, Kaysah did not recited the Iqamah for his daughter at all. Either the movie makers are ignorant about the Islamic custom in reciting Azans and Iqamah for newly-borns or they purposely potray Kasyah as a non-practicing Muslim?

My overall rating out of 5 is 2.5. Let’s see what will the film-maker be doing for the second part of this movie.

About Megat Iskandar At-Terawis

Born 18 February 1979. Received primary education at King Edward VII School, Taiping, Perak and continued his secondary education at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Ipoh, Perak (1992-1996). He was awarded a scholarship by the Public Service Department to further his studies in the United Kingdom. Completed his A-Levels at Brooke House College, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, United Kindom in 1999 and gained entry to the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. Graduated with a Joint Honours Degree in Computing and Accounting & Finance in 2002. He later pursued his post-graduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2003 specialising in Malay Aristocratic Genealogy. Former Chairman of the United Kingdom Executive Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC) from 2001-2003. He was a banker by profession – specialising in Cash Management & Islamic Finance. He is now heading the corporate affairs of a technology company based in Putrajaya. An appointed member of the Community Representative Council for Putrajaya (MPPWP Sub-Zone H) by the Minister of Federal Territories. He is also an elected member of the Executive Committee for Persatuan Darul Ridzuan, heading its Heritage Bureau. He is also the founder and currently serving as Secretary of the Persatuan Keturunan Megat Terawis Malaysia (The Megat Terawis Clan Association of Malaysia). A Grade 8 holder in Pianoforte, he is an active musician, composer and arranger. He married his 3rd cousin – Puteri Nuur Khadijah Binti Megat Ramli in 2004 and was blessed with two children – Megat Idris Naquiyuddin and Puteri Mariam Sophia.
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5 Responses to Movie Critics: Legenda Budak Setan

  1. mrs. bubu says:

    where’s your comment abt Fazura? hahhaha.. as far as i’m concerned, you NEVER stop eyeing her in this movie 😛

    • Megat Iskandar At-Terawis says:

      Dear Mrs Bubu,

      Eyeing her!? Well, I must admit…she IS HOT right? Panas…(like the scene in Pisau Cukur).

  2. min says:

    Abg.Is,read the novel is better.Semua cerita,scene dah dipotong.

  3. wshazi says:

    hehehehe.. the novel dated way back in the 90’s la megat. mana ada early 2000.

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