I went to the premier of Laskar Pelangi or ‘The Rainbow Troops’ and I came out happy, curious, entertained and touched!
The movie is based on the best selling book by Indonesian author, Andrea Hirata. I haven’t read the book yet, but everyone has been telling me that the movie does absolute justice to the book with some people even saying that the movie is better than the book. I don’t know, I guess it’s a matter of personal opinion.
Anyway, back to the movie. The movie tells the story of a touching friendship of a group of poor kids living in Belitong island in the 1970s, stuggling and fighting to study and learn. It also tells the struggle of two teachers trying to keep the kids’ school open in order to give poor kids a chance to study, a rare thing in a place where poor kids just dont get an education and work straightaway as coolies at mining companies.
What i love most about this movie is how amazing all the kids’ characters are! Each has its own uniqueness and even though there are 10 kids being illustrated in the movie, you’re still able to tell which one is which.
My favourite character is definitely this little boy called Lintang. He lives in the coast where his father is a fisherman. As a result, Lintang has to ride 80 km far on his bicycle everyday to go to school, while passing by a crocodile crossing every single day. He is the smartest boy in his class with exceptional mathematical and physics skills for a boy his age.
The movie also has heartwarming and honest dialogues, set on an amazing location — the island itself, which provides a beautiful landscape scenery throughout the whole movie.
I also love the soundtrack, especially since my sister, Sherina wrote, composed and sang one of the song 🙂
The film is a huge success. After 10 days of screening in Indonesia, up to 1,1 million people has seen the movie. An impressive number for an Indonesian movie!