Im a big fan of Joko Anwar. Before i terminated my subscribtion to Jakarta Post, i used to read his review religiously. He is good at writing movie critics and i think he should stick to his old profession, writing critics, cos obviously, when we talk about his debut at movie writing and directing, he has to swallow his own pills.
Janji Joni opened with a good premise. Theories. I just luv theories. Im a conspiracy theory buff. So obviously the opening of Janji Joni where Joni (Nicolas Saputra) explain his theory about movie lovers, movie goers, etc, really won my attention. But it was all down hill afterwards. Altough i have to admit, that there are some genuinely funny moment, the rest was downcast boring and too predictable. It really felt like an unfinished coreographed sequence. Everything just doesnt blend the way its supposed to be. I can sense the direction Joko was trying to go, but the execution just lack the natural feels the way it should be. Heck, in the movie, Joko even bring the topic of 'continuity in film making', which was performed well by guest star Ria Irawan, who was stealing the show everytime she appears. But the chemistry just doesnt work (at least for me). Everything was felt coreographed. At least we can count on Mariana Renata to look adorable all the time. Shes even more gorgeous in real life you know.
One of the flaw that i failed to notice earlier is the fact that Movie Roll delivery, isnt allowed to go solo. Always it takes two to deliver. No solo flight. Why ? as a backup plan so that the "un well timed mischief" that happened to Joni doesnt happen to them. It is a system that has been used for ages. Well, at least here in Surabaya.
And Joni, as an anti social theorist, as he himself described early in the movie, talks to smoothly to Angelique (Mariana Renata gituloh!). Come on, as a geeky antisocial theorist, sure.. in his head he knows theories about dealing with some kind of people, but in real life, most of the geeks i know doest do their thing as smooth as Joni. Where are the clumsy moments ?
And the end is oh yet so very predictable.
All in all, i still think this movie is going to be a box office hit. All the big names will help :-) And the fact that not all people is as jaded as me will surely be a good fact to know.
Loved the soundtrack. Really kick ass...