A Kick in the Pants for Local Film Buffs
Drama-comedy â€œTendangan Dari Langit,â€ or â€œA Kick from Heaven,â€ is a welcome change from all the violence and gratuitous cleavage featured in many local films. While not without its shortcomings, the latest offering from director Hanung Bramantyo manages to achieve what it humbly sets out to do through an able cast and undemanding storyline.
A feel-good sports drama at heart, the film does everything you might expect. This should come as no surprise, as sports dramas typically offer an emotional dynamic in addition to the on-field action to create a crowd-pleasing balance of laughter, tears and suspense.
This is why most of Indonesiaâ€™s better cinematic offerings have followed in a similar vein, including the 2009 badminton flick â€œKingâ€ and the football-themed â€œGaruda di Dadakuâ€ (â€œGaruda in My Heartâ€) in the same year. Both were infinitely better than their gory horror peers, but retained the same amount of commercial viability and easy accessibility.
â€œTendangan Dari Langitâ€ follows the common plot of an unknown talent offered a chance at the big time, so you know youâ€™ll get heartfelt moments and a triumphant underdog ending. The talent in this case is 16-year-old Wahyu (Yosie Kristanto), whose football talents have made him his familyâ€™s breadwinner.