Here’s What The Public Has To Say About “Anwar The Untold Story” After Cinema Release
Most people find the storyline of “Anwar: The Untold Story” to be quite choppy but it was still uplifting, nevertheless.
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After years of prepping for the Anwar Ibrahim movie, the film is finally ready for the public to view.
According to Viva Westi, the writer and director of the film, the film was in the works since 2011, way before the role of PMX was even possible for Anwar.
The production took RM10 million to make and according to Berita Harian, even on the first day of its release, the film already managed to collect RM1 million, the first biopic film in Malaysia to do so.
Having been released in cinemas nationwide on 18 May, now many have their own say of the movie.
It was nauseating – Khairuddin Abu Hassan
GTA politician and Dr Mahathir loyalist, Khairuddin Abu Hassan recently gave his view on the “controversial” film.
According to him, the nauseating film was a propaganda element to slander and tarnish the reputation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and at the same time position himself to be a “godfather”.
He further stated that the film had a lot of misleading facts and claimed that it was done without proper research.
Saya baru menonton filem ‘Anwar The Untold Story’ yang amat memualkan serta meloyakan.— Khairuddin Abu Hassan (@DSKhairuddin) May 18, 2023
Filem ‘haprak’ yang berunsur propaganda untuk memfitnah dan mencemarkan reputasi Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sekaligus mengangkat diri sendiri seperti ‘Godfather.’ pic.twitter.com/dE1fB4jV5U
Apart from the point of view of a Mahathir loyalist, some other people gave their honest reviews of the movie. Some loved it.
They highlighted the strengths of the movie, which were Acha Septriasa’s exceptional acting skills in portraying Dr Wan Azizah’s emotional journey as a supportive wife.
They also said that the movie was quite moving, as it depicts Anwar’s harrowing personal life and turbulent career from the year 1993 and 1998.
Because it’s such an uplifting story, many people, young and old, came to watch the film and give their support.
Filem Mat Kilau dulu yg dtg mostly Melayu. Vibe die mcm Tanah Melayu— MakLampirBeraya 🥰 (@ArwahMaklampir) May 19, 2023
Filem Anwar The Untold Story ni multi-racial dtg menonton, segenap lapisan umur pulak tu sampai pakcik makcik naik wheelchair skali join. Real Malaysia vibe 🥰
Bonus: Filem Anwar ni berjaya menaikkan martabat… pic.twitter.com/OscMPtyKpZ
REVIEW JUJUR ANWAR THE UNTOLD STORY: 7/10— Mad Marquez (@madmarquez) May 18, 2023
Aku baru selesai tonton filem ANWAR. Ini review jujur aku. Cerita ini kekuatannya pada aku ada 2. 1) Kisah Anwar itu sendiri 2) Acha Septriasa membawa watak Wan Azizah. Awal cerita standby tisu. Aku yang laki pun gugur air mata. pic.twitter.com/oynZs1PAcu
Anwar The Untold Story— Izzati Rosdi (@xatyrosdi) May 18, 2023
Warning: Review yang bias sebab follow reformasi dari dulu
I cried and I cried. Jalan cerita lompat-lompat, tapi husbae yang tak follow politik pun faham.
Cons dia banyak scene lompat-lompat and of course actors lain tak bunyi melayu /// pic.twitter.com/sRycblv5nF
However, the movie did have quite a lot of drawbacks that a lot of people could agree with.
For starters, because of the shortening of the 180-minute movie to a 100-minute movie, the storyline is quite choppy and jumpy. The transition was all over the place, some say, and the dialogues were quite cringy.
– Cringey, bad dialogues— neddo khan (@neddokhan) May 19, 2023
– Actors were in DIRE NEED of a dialect coach
– Good moments wasted by choppy editing and lazy directing
– Everyone in the cinema groaned at Nurul Izzah
– Farid as Anwar Ibrahim was meh at best
– Acha as Wan Azizah carried the movie#AnwarTheUntoldStory pic.twitter.com/Sin8bkCXbe
Besides that, the film was mostly an Indonesian production with only a few Malaysian cast such as Farid Kamil and Hasnul Rahmat. They filmed most of the film in Indonesia and only some in Malaysia.
Because of that, a lot of people complain that the accents in the film aren’t authentic and it’s a bit hard to imagine it to be a Malaysian film.
Sorry dissapointed of #AnwarTheUntoldStory Berdasarkan apa yang i tonton, character Nurul Izzah dan Wan Azizah seakan tidak kena. Mungkin sbb perbezaan dialect dan accent yang tak sama dgn bahasa Melayu baku yg biasa kita dengar— RA (@faizalabdhalim_) May 19, 2023
Pemilihan pelakon memainkan peranan yang sgt besar
With every movie, of course, there are pros and cons, which leave some room for improvement in the future. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so it makes sense to have lots of mixed reviews about the film, right?
You can watch Anwar: The Untold Story in cinemas around you and tell us what you honestly think of the movie. Was it that bad or does it deserve some credit too?
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