This is an independent review. For the record, I did not read the novel Ombak Rindu prior to watching this movie.
I am not an avid fan of Malay movies, as I always feel cheated after the credit rolls. Up until yesterday, there are only two Malay movies that have succeeded in cheating my expectations (yes, I always expect – or rather hope – that Malay movies do mature with time). Hail Cicak Man and KL Gangster. I step into the cinema hall for Ombak Rindu with an open mind. I don’t like being slapped in the face by marketing propaganda. But Ombak Rindu struck me not once, but for the most part of its two hours duration.
The movie is jam-packed with plots and emotions. From the first second to the end of the reel, there are conflicts one after another. Although it’s normal (read: formal) for a Malay movie to have THAT kind of storyline, I’d say that this Ombak Rindu has that extra spices added to it. I am no chef so I can’t really tell about the spices used.
If I am a girl, I can assure you that I will be crying almost non-stop from the mid-point of this movie. Secret marriage, near-cancellation of a grand wedding, sleeping with a man who doesn’t love you (this may bring happiness to some), knowing that you are the third party in a marriage, being hurled as perempuan murah, there are just so many tears-inducing scenes designed for a girl. But personally, I despise the scene when Mail (Bront Palarae) jumped from his boat into the water to search for Izzah’s (Maya Karin) wedding gift, as I cried watching that particular scene. Only that one worked for me, so I’m not a girl. Screw you anyway, Osman Ali.
Besides the emotional plots, I like the fact that Ombak Rindu also has its funny side where people can actually laugh. I’m not talking about slapstick so-called humour of Abang Long Fadhil in KL Gangster or crummy-faced Adnan Sempit when he spit the “dalam hati ada taman” line. Its comic side are shown either spontaneously or being part of a dialog. It’s a good laugh when Hariz (Aaron Aziz) pointed to his swimsuit-clad Ibu (Azizah Mahzan) while saying “You look great.” There are also scenes where Hariz is questioning a cat’s name, Mila (Lisa Surihani) yelled to his “slutty” friend, and you should see Mila’s wig in an airport scene.
Overall, this movie exceeds my expectations. 3.754268 out of 5 from me. I would give it near perfect points if not for the lame-ass extras (again, the airport scene), oh-so-many plots cut-and-jump and that wig.
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