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"Azura 1984", "Gila-gila Remaja" and “Ali Setan"
This new remake of "Azura" is yet another success for respected director Aziz M. Osman. It is not an easy task, considering that the 1984 "Azura" was deemed as a classic, which starred veteran actor Jamal Abdillah and actress Fauziah Ahmad Daud.
Moreover, Aziz M. Osman took a huge risk in casting upcoming star Neelofa Mohd Noor and Shahrizal Jaszle (Shah Jaszle) in 2012's "Azura"; both of which are relatively unknown. It is clear that Aziz M. Osman wants no association with the original that was loved by audiences as the new "Azura" has a more matured and interesting script, unlike most of Malaysia's romantic films.
There are various details in the plot that highlights the differences in the generations that each "Azura" was made. To provide an example, in the original "Azura", the character Zakaria or Zack, is a friend with a motorcycle racing hobby, while in "Azura" 2012, he is seen doing activities like paintball.
The story may be a little slow, but if viewers are patient, then this film is one of the most realistic ones out there. Emotions play an important role here as the script is hardly groundbreaking, which is why emotional impact is needed for the movie to so audiences can relate and that is what is present in "Azura" 2012.
This film tells the story of Azura, an orphan who was taken into the care of her relatives after losing her parents in an accident in Mecca. She works part-time in "Paintball Park", where she soon meets Zakaria and his colleagues. The two are in love, but due to different social standings, they decide to keep their feelings hidden.
However, the script should be revised as the language and phrases used did not reflect the current times. At times, the dialogue feels awkward and rigid, especially when Zack scolded his sister's lover using very well-mannered and formal terms.
In terms of acting by the stars, audiences can applaud Neelofa for her turn as Azura, which is the first time the actress appeared on the big screen. The same could be said for Shahrizal. These stars may be new, but they have shown that they have potential, so any misgivings can be overlooked. For example, we have often seen Shahrizal play lighter and funnier characters, yet even with his childish personality it was believable to see him mourn for Neelofa in the movie. A huge applause should be given to veteran Malaysian actor and comedian Afdlin Shauki for keeping the audience entertained, despite his role as a supporting actor.
Overall, Aziz M. Osman's attempt to popularize "Azura" for Malaysians has gone well, as the reviewer is now a fan and those who are not should give "Azura" 2012 a chance.Cinema Online, 16 February 2012