Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Berani Punya Budak [2012]

Director: Afdlin Shauki
Starring: Afdlin Shauki, Mike B., Supaksorn Chaimongkol, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Johan Raja Lawak, Awie, Nabil Ahmad (cameo)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Rating: General
Excerpt: "It made less sense than Kung Pow: Enter the Fist [2002], but just as funny, if not funnier..."

In an effort to start a new life, Tong (Afdlin Shauki) crosses the border from Thailand to Malaysia. But upon stepping off the plane, he gets arrested by the Interpol due to their suspicion of his involvement in criminal activities back in his homeland. Eager to put it all behind him, Tong opens up about the life he shares with his brother in law, B (Mike B.) and all the madness they've been going through.

What to Expect
1. An improv-comedy feel to the movie
2. Exhilarating fight scenes
3. Hilarity
4. Afdlin Shauki doing what he does best

What NOT to Expect
1. Coherence
Very very entertaining
One thing about this movie, I totally didn't see it coming. As in, I didn't know that Berani Punya Budak is gonna be that kind of comedy. I don't know why, I saw the trailer twice and somehow it was lost on me what kind of a movie they were trying to sell. But hey, it was a pleasant surprise. This is coming from someone who was expecting a different kind of a movie, but was served another and still walked away pleased.

Now, I know I mentioned Kung Pow up there. But it wasn't really for the sake of comparison, that was just so you'll know that this movie went a similar route. The difference being, Kung Pow pieced together a bunch of obscure Chinese martial arts film, while adding some new scenes of its own to make one incoherent mess (but good mess).

I've never seen the Thai movie, Brave [2007] where Afdlin Shauki served as co-director. But I'm guessing it's pretty safe to say that it was a radically different movie with a proper script? So that's the part where Berani Punya Budak did differently; It had this improv-comedy feel, like one of those skits Afdlin Shauki did back when he hosted the talk show Bila Larut Malam. Simply put, much of it isn't going to make sense and I asked myself many times over, "What the hell is going on?!"

But that is in no way a bad thing here. You'll see.

Make no mistake though, the action department took itself very seriously. You'll see actor Mike B. parkour his way through fight scenes that might make you cringe and flinch, all of it a reminiscent of the very first Ong-bak movie. Sure, they could go on for a tad too long, but looking at the movie as a whole, it's pretty much where the other half of the movie's strength lie. 

Yeah, another short review from me because there's no way I could go at length about a movie as straightforward as this. Straightforward, but fun.

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