Being a history buff , it will be a sin for me not to watch this movie. What prevented me from doing so was my preparation for the exam I have just taken. I was tempted then to just go and watch it but i promised myself it will be the first thing I do after I'm done with the cruncher.
As expected , I was lucky that it was still being shown in GSC MidValley - the nearest for me to go. IN One Utama , the show was scheduled for 645pm screening ; which i felt very unappropriate.
As how our previous historical movies , Hati Malaya was a failure in box office. So far , they've just managed to collect RM400 K after 3 weeks screening. This has always been the trend for such genre ; where attracting the mass is a huge challenge ; an almost impossible one . Zombi Kampung Pisang grossed more than a million after 2 weeks ! And I guess , most Malaysian movie goers are more interested in seeing Nana Tanjung or Orang Minyak rather than appreciating our past.
The movie was good ; full of facts which makes it cool as we appreciate the historical characters in action. The potrayal of Onn and Tunku was excellent , considering their amateur status. I certainly enjoyed Tunku's laid back personality with his Kedah accent ; and the actor really played him as how we read him in his biographies. Shuhaimi was certainly careful with details ; from Tunku's "boy" serving his favourite roti bakar to H.S. Lees trademark mufflers . A memorable scene from the movie for me was when the UMNO leaders post Dato Onn's resignation , attending Tunku's bbq ; Tunku wearing baju melayu with an apron on as the chief cook !
It had its sentimental value and one could not hide the chills and passion when they shouted Hidup Melayu , Daulat Tuanku and Merdeka !
p/s However , I cannot deny the fact that Maya Karin was sooooooooo attractive in the movie !! hahahahaha