Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck (2013)

Director: Sunil Soraya
Producer: Ram Soraya, Sunil Soraya
Screen Writers: Donny Dhirgantoro, Imam Tantowi
Based on novel: Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck by HAMKA
Casts: Herjunot Ali, Pevita Pearce, Reza Rahadian

Romance is one of all time exciting topics, either in book or movie even in real life. Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah or known better as HAMKA had his own way in telling his love story just like in Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck (1938). As one of the best Indonesian writer for literature, Hamka not only wrote about ordinary romance, it's far more complex. His works were  always full of critiques to his own culture, Minang. 

After five years of preparation finally the movie Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck that was adapted from the novel is ready to be released. This classical theme of a tragic love story between Zainuddin (Herjunot Ali), an orphan who has a Minang father and a Bugis mother falls in love with Hayati (Pevita Pearce), a pure Minang girl. This love story of course will have many obstacles. Simple story actually but the execution of the movie is epic.
This quite long movie (2.45 mins) is beyond my expectation. Almost all aspects are amazing, look at the beautiful views of Makassar and Minangkabau, the extravagant suits, scarves and hats designed by Samuel Wattimena, the beautiful dialogs (many of them quoted exactly from the novel) and a stunning performance of Herjunot Ali who maintains his Makassar accent  as his dramatic posture throughout the movie showing his deep love, despair and hatred to Hayati, all of these are definitely touching.

All in all it's not a perfect movie though (the scene of the sinking ship reminds me of Titanic movie) nevertheless it's worth to watch.  We might not only learn about Indonesian literature but also show our appreciation to the movie maker team for their great hard work as well.