Mat Kilau fans said the movie had also sparked a revival in silat, the Malay martial art.
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There is a saying that one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
While Thor fans in Malaysia are saddened by the delay of its latest movie, supporters of the local movie Mat Kilau Kebangkitan Pahlawan are beaming with pride.
They believe that the success of Mat Kilau at the box office had deterred Thor: Love and Thunder from making an appearance on the silver screen.
There were rumours that the delay was due to censorship, but moviegoers said it doesn’t make sense that it would take so long.
Thor has been postponed by nearly a month to 21 July.
Part 1-Keris Mat Kilau membenam hammer Mjollnir Thor.— Team MatKilau (@guy4just1) July 1, 2022
Siapa sangka, sekali lagi sejarah tercatat. Sebuah filem pertama hasil terbitan Studio Kembara Sdn Bhd berjaya menakutkan sebuah filem besar Hollywood Thor sehingga terpaksa mengubah tarikh tayangan mereka.#MatKilau pic.twitter.com/HsWy97sjm0
Mat Kilau laku keras eh. Aku nk book tnggal seat depan je. Yg lain full house 😅 Aurum pon habis. Wow wowwwww. Phtu nape Thor postponed?? Nak kena lempang ke? @Disney— Fiqah-ika-pieka 🇲🇾 (@pieka_minho) July 1, 2022
Some Mat Kilau fans said the cinemas should show both movies simultaneously, to prove which one is better.
Others claim that Thor is being postponed so as not to disturb the momentum of Mat Kilau.
Patut tak payah tangguh. Kasi Mat Kilau vs Thor. Baru kita tahu siapa pahlawan sebenar.— Fariz (@fariziskan) July 2, 2022
Or could be the other way around, people behind mat kilau are worried on the fact that thor would disturb their current popularity and hype.— Elden Fan Johnny (@JohannAffendy) July 1, 2022
A Runaway Success
Mat Kilau, which was screened on 23 June, collected more than RM23.3 million within seven days of screening.
The achievement was despite initial hiccups such as critics saying that it does not reflect the actual history.
The local production is also said to revive interest in silat and other freedom fighters such as Tok Janggut, Dato Maharajalela and Rentap.
Lepas ni nak tunggu filem “Haji Abdul Rahman Limbong”, “Panglima Salleh Selempang Merah”,”Dato’Maharajalela”,”Tokku Paloh”,”Tok Janggut”,”Sharif Masahor”,”Rentap”,”Mat Salleh” ..eh…nanti buat ek filem² ni☝🏼😉🙏🏼 Tahniah Syamsul Yusof, terima kasih.— Yusrizal Yusoff (@yusrizallyusoff) June 28, 2022