“You will believe again!” No, it’s not a politician’s promise for a better nation. It’s from a homebred movie on football called Ola Bola. Ola Bola is breaking national cinema records with its sound box-office collections, thus giving competition to the previous record holder, Polis Evo (2015). So what’s the #BUZZ about Ola Bola that it has become a trending topic among Malaysians lately? Here are a few reasons why.
The multicultural background of the team was well portrayed by having their individual character’s plot well arranged, to show their unique lifestyles and the vast differences among members. Despite the significant disparity, the members managed to work together as a team during the final match ultimately scoring a victorious 3-2 win for the Malaysian team.
Do bear in mind though that the whole story-line is not historically correct. A lot of adjustments to the original story were made for production purposes. While this is true, the spirit of togetherness could still be felt deeply. The nation did not show any sign of divisiveness.
If you are a fan of local indie movies, this movie might force you to have a mixed reaction towards the film. I would categorize this movie to be a mainstream-indie film.
It’s purely indie when you solely focus on the storyline and the setting of the movie. This considering the long-haired characters in their oldie attires, houses and buildings that clearly have a post-colonial touch to it.
But then you get a strong mainstream feel too. The scripts, while some were natural without even a tinge of fakery, in some scenes it was clear that the cast was forced to either laugh to a naturally un-funny joke or to react to a pre-meditated sentimental scene. But if you don’t have the eye for it, you would thoroughly enjoy Ola Bola.
Overall, Ola Bola managed to be the talk of the town. (Even my Mom who would normally be interested to watch Tamil movies at the cinema is asking me to take her for the movie). Bravo Ola Bola! Bravo! If you haven’t watched the movie, you should!