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.
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.