At a glance:
The quieter of her works, Mukhsin is a sun-bleached testament to the late advertisin icon Yasmin Ahmad's talent for the structured, substantial and quaintly inspirin but ultimately indulgent, didactic and unreflective. Movie is a muted countryside love story between two kids - one a tomboy tree-climber of a girl and the other, the titular character, a boy who just moved into the area.
Bad news on the doorstep:
Why don't I like it? I hate almost every character. I'll beat them all up if I had the chance.
Watch out for:
A prayer scene containin a Koranic extract, used to highlight and condemn the bitchin and the provincial mentality of the antagonists in the movie. Thought this was a little too Yasmin for me.
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
I'll go for ★★ 1/2 but I really could hate this movie a lot more. There's a reason why most of Yasmin's detractors are what I regard as the fundamentalist Malays and why her work manages to win over young Chinese and Indian audiences who never watch Malaysian movies. It's because her characters are all social tools to fuck the status quo. Her content is really mengada-ngada incendiary sometimes. Oh well, rest in peace anyway.