Tuesday, August 4, 2009


"Nonton Star Trek yuk."
"Film alien-alien gitu ya?"
"Uh... Iya sih."
"Engga deh, gw engga suka film ngayal."

Perhaps you are a science-fiction movie enthusiast? Then a conversation like this should be familiar! Gw sering menemukan obrolan macem gini kalo lagi ngajak kebanyakan beberapa orang buat nonton film yang agak-agak berbau tembak-tembakan laser ciu ciu atau ada flying saucer (kalo huruf "R"-nya diilangin jadi flying sauce yaitu kecap terbang, HAHA HAHA).

Very different from the Yanks or the Japs yang udah ngelahap cerita-cerita macem War of the Worlds dari sebelom pergantian ke Abad 21 (kayak judul sinetron 90an), mungkin memang sejak baliho (balita kali, cheap joke go!) masyarakat Indonesia engga pernah disuguhin dengan tayangan-tayangan yang seperti ini, so the flying saucers and big-eyed grey aliens never really factored into our culture. Dan kalo misalnyapun ada cerita aneh dikit, biasanya reaksi orang bakal naikin satu alis dengan muka ekspresi "What. The. Fuck. Am. I. Watching?"

Then why was Transformers so nationally-loved? Wasn't it also a story about aliens?

Beats me.

Strangely though, I don't think the fantasy genre ever received a similar treatment by the Indonesian so-called "movie-goers". Lord of the Rings was a huge success here, though I bet only a few can remember the characters names after they left the theatre. Harry Potter and Twilight too. I think it's more or less the same with the superhero genre, and that even contains characters that are freakier than your average alien.

If people can relate with a boy with lightning-shaped scar on his forehead; or a sparkling emo vampire; or a group of people setting off on a journey to throw a ring into a volcano, then why is it so hard for them to relate to a laser sword-wielding warrior-monk? Or a robot sent to the past to kill the mother of a future resistance leader?

There's nothing wrong with an out-of-this-world movie experience once in a while, no?


abel said...

NERDS 4 LYF !!!1!!1!

Anonymous said...

i would be so turned on by out-og-the-world movie. i admit i havent seen much of 'em.
real life issues (especially love drama) bored me.

viakong said...

gw ga suka transformer kok so lame orang2 mesti ngantri gitu (tp sekarang lg pake kaos transformer) hahahaha