There are many things that can be discussed from the movie Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 which has been aired in Indonesian theaters since December 21, 2017 yesterday and still aired until this paper was made. When I first saw the novel Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 displayed in a bookstore about two years ago, I had assumed that the novel would be reappointed into the movie as the previous novel entitled Ayat-Ayat Cinta.
Had time terbesit in my mind a question: what is the need for Ayat-Ayat Cinta made sequel? The question then goes on: about which comes first, the idea of ??writing his novel, or the desire to scoop up millions of viewers after his novel is filmed? Unfortunately, this paper is not designed to foster such prejudices.
I am interested to discuss the film (or story, considering this movie is lifted from a novel) of this side of characterization. Film Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 is about the life of Fahri, a young man from Indonesia who achieved his success as a young professor at the University of Edinburgh. Fahri is described as a prime figure physically as well as behavioral.
Inevitably, Fahri became a byword among the students (women, of course). The director illustrates this in so many ways and from different points of view. Starting from the conversation between female students about whether Fahri is "still available" — in the classroom where Fahri is teaching, until the scene where Fahri gets a lot of special artificial feeding from her "givers" who, of course, are women.
In his neighborhood, Fahri is portrayed as such a wise and mature person. Fahri lives in a pluralistic environment in terms of religion (this is also a highlight in the film). One by one the conflicts in his neighborly life he succeeded in completing. About the negative stereotypes of people around Fahri about Islam – Fahri's religion-depicted in a way that, at least in my opinion, is less slick, tends to be too simplistic and too black-and-white.
Fahri still maintains good relations with his neighbors even when they are hostile to him. Fahri refused to be angry when one by one his neighbors showed hostile attitudes in the name of negative stereotypes about Islam. So Fahri became such a perfect person.
Yes, perfect, I will stop there. Not wanting to repeat the mistake of the director who has let me, the audience, bored witnessing Fahri's "perfection", I will stop dictating the row of Fahri's true perfection which is still much more (I have not talked about his romance).
It is so easy to imagine a perfect figure, just imagine how we want to be treated by others, so that's the perfect figure. Fahri is the man. Unfortunately, there is no human kind of Fahri in the real world. And as such, the life story and Fahri's attributes to me can not be trusted.
I suspect, the author of the novel Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 wants to inspire his readers to always do good for others, altruistic and religiously obedient — by creating a role model in the form of a fictional character in a novel named Fahri. Fahri is expected to be an example of a true altruist, a devout religious believer, and a lover with no lack and falsehood. That if the readers (and the audience) can not follow the overall nature of Fahri, some is not why. Unfortunately, fiction does not work that way.
Fiction works in the subconscious of the connoisseurs not in this way. We want to be treated to characters who really like human beings as they are. We know enough about the perfect angel of obedience, even about the perfect devilish demon. We want humans, who anybody must have a war in him. Our mind wants to be treated to stories that are not black or white, because we always live in a gray area. We want a trustworthy character.
Orson Scott Card in his book titled Characters and Viewpoints that have been translated into Indonesian and published by the first MLC Publisher in 2005 — wrote that it is true that fictional characters are human and the author who created them, but that does not mean the character does not have to be similar real and total human beings. That we should be able to recognize a fictional character even better than we know the people closest to us though. That's why people enjoy fiction: to get to know people better. And to get to know humans better through fiction, fictional characters must be trustworthy.In this case, after we watch the movie Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2, how many times we talk in each of our minds, "Ah, that's the only thing that's in the movie", or we ask, "Is there a human like Fahri?". This rhetorical question certainly does not need to be answered. I am more interested to ask, "Then why the movie Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 so loved?"
This is true. In the cinema in my city, the movie Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 is shown in three studios at once. Theater chairs are always fully loaded. Audiences of all ages are willing to queue long in order to get admission.
My opinion above may be true, but it's more soft to argue with. That if indeed the movie Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 did not fulfill the elements of characterization of fiction as a whole, why the audience still coming? That if indeed this film does not meet the expectations of the audience on how to get to know the characters, why are there still many positive comments about this movie? Well, I will try not to be cynical and sarcastic in answering such questions. However, each product has its own market. And most markets demand that they get what they expect they will get.
I myself quite enjoy Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2, considering this film involves the actor and actress who is quite famous and qualified and take a location in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Producers certainly poured considerable funds, which of course on the consideration of expectations and the enthusiasm of the audience extraordinary. I barely missed a seat when I bought a ticket — when I was already in line long — if I had not met someone who had failed to watch for some reason then sold the ticket to me. Really lucky. Finally, jaya continues Indonesian film; jaya continues the Indonesian film industry!