Box-office success ‘Mat Kilau: Kebangkitan Pahlawan’ panned after Netflix premiere, director Syamsul Yusof responds

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Malaysia’s highest grossing film, Mat Kilau: Kebangkitan Pahlawan may be Malaysia’s top-grossing Malaysian film of all time, but it reviews have hardly been flattering as the movie debuted on Netflix.

The hype had many tuning in as it began streaming on the platform from Malaysia Day on September 16 globally (except for Indonesia, where it will launch on October 14) had many questioning the hype.

Many on social media stated they found the film’s action scenes filmed poorly and its script to be overly preachy, despite the positive reviews from cinemagoers during its release.

“I’m still the happiest film director in the world,” director Syamsul Yusof told Berita Harian in response to the criticism.

“I accept every criticism, whether it’s good or bad. That’s normal to me. So long as audiences continue watching the film.”

The director was grateful, regardless of the nature of the response, as the attention saw Mat Kilau to trend on Netflix as many took online to share their opinions on the blockbuster film.

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