Okay, here’s the review as promised. Nasi Lemak 2.0 was produced by Prodigee Media and was directed by Namewee. Bluntly and harshly put, Nasi Lemak 2.0 is definitely not for bimbos, himbos, and people who lack intelligence. If you’re a bimbo, himbo or someone who don’t really follow what’s going on in Malaysia, then this movie is a plain, nonsensical comedy with loads of computer effects about someone who is just trying to make the best nasi lemak to you. You’ll need some functional brain to decipher the real meaning behind Nasi Lemak 2.0. Truthfully, it’s not just a musical comedy with RPG game quest-like storyline.
Professionally put, this movie is an artfully directed and a very patriotic movie. Nasi Lemak 2.0 is very colourful, exquisitely scripted, thought provoking and highly inspirational-but not in a bad way that most skeptics have been expecting before the launching of this movie. Definitely not in a bad way, I can vouch for that.
This movie is very thought provoking and tells alot of social issues that we may and may not be aware of. There’s a lot of hidden messages and methaphor in this movie. Even the characters’ physical appearance actually means something in Nasi Lemak 2.0.
There’s much to be said about Nasi Lemak 2.0. I’ll try to review it without revealing too much spoilers.
The movie starts off with the subtle questioning of why most people in Malaysia still define themselves by ethnicity, and why they are too proud of themselves when they are actually nobody and refused to be humble? Viewers are also questioned on why one refuse to improvise and prefers to stay in their comfort zone, even when the occasion calls for it.
Chef Huang (Namewee), the main character in this movie represent someone who is too proud of his own ethnicity and refuse to acknowledge that he is actually a true Malaysian. He is always too proud with the fact that he’s a Chinese, and refused to learn new things and be humble, even though he’s on the verge of being a beggar on the street and whatnot. Simply put, Chef Huang is a character that represent a lot of people in Malaysia who are still too proud of their own ethnicity and have tendency to discriminate others.
A lot issues including plagiarism and terrible command of English was portrayed through various characters like the journalist and Xiao K’s uncle, and at some point, Nasi Lemak 2.0 poked fun at various service providers in Malaysia as well for their incompetency to provide competitive service just because they monopoly the market. Eg: TMnet and TNB.
Anyway, the story proceeds with Chef Huang being jobless. Then enters Xiao K, an ugly girl who constantly bug Chef Huang to help her to save her family business from falling to the hands of her unscrupulous aunt. Xiao K is a very kind hearted girl, but Chef Huang called her a nuisance because she’s ugly and throughout the movie, he’s portrayed as someone who loves to judge people by the way they look and through their ethnicity- again, something that a lot of us tends to do.
Chef Huang eventually relented and decided to change to be a better man with the help of Xiao K. Slowly, he started to be humble and gradually, he begin to comes out from his comfort zone by learning to cook something new apart from just cooking his Chinese fried rice-nasi lemak. Throughout his journey and his quest to search for the best nasi lemak recipe, he met alot of charismatic people who taught him various things in life through their recipe.
There is a lot of moral values in this story-reflected and portrayed by various characters, and it’s up to the viewers to interpret each and every one of it. Nasi Lemak 2.0 is a movie that teaches you to be humble, not discriminate as well as stereotyping. Family values and the importance of family ties and living in harmony with each other are included in this movie too.
Viewers are also encouraged to follow their dreams, forgive those who have wronged you and not judge people by the way they look or define them by their ethnicity. And if one watched closely enough, another message that’s included in this movie is to be brave enough to admit your mistakes, apologize and do the right thing by making an effort to correct your mistakes. People are also encouraged to give a second chance to people who have made terrible mistakes in their life.
I like how wonderful messages like “Money is the root of all evil” and “Why can’t we just get along? We’re all the same despite of our skin colour and the language that we speak” were interwoven so delicately in this movie. It’s very subtle and delicately put, and when the movie comes to an end, I’m amazed by how most of the characters have grown and changed to be a better version of themselves.
This movie is highly dynamic.
Apart from being highly educational and inspirational, this movie is also humourously sarcastic and highly entertaining. It comes with a lot of nice soundtrack and catchy dancing scenes, just like a Bollywood movie.
Is this movie worth your money to watch in the cinema? Well…if you’re not a bimbo or a himbo, yes, this movie is worth your money to watch. It is not only entertaining, but it’s full of moral values as well. This is a five star movie to watch, and I’d say I doff my hat for the director’s editing skills as well. It’s flawless despite the fact that this movie is a low budget movie. This movie will be screening in Malaysia on 8th September. And if you’re worried about this movie being infested vulgar languages and expletives, rest assured that there’s not a single vulgar word were uttered in this movie. I’m not sure what’s the rating of this movie, but to be safe, I’d just say it’s PG-13.
Here’s the official trailer for Nasi Lemak 2.0
And below is Nasi Lemak 2.0 theme song, Rasa Sayang 2.0 by Namewee and Karen Kong.
Amazing enough, another set of message was interwoven in the theme song. Unlike the the movie itself that concentrate on teaching people to be humble, don’t judge people by their appearance, don’t discriminate and live righteously, the theme song tries to persuade people to be patriotic and not to forget their root. Do click on the videos and enjoy.
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Cleffairy: Kindly do not plagiarize this movie review. If you feel that you need to quote whatever I’ve written, do make a point to give credit to me. Thank you.