Netflix recently released comedy heist film “Red Notice” on 12th November promising action, fun and lots of laughter. Starring “Deadpool” actor Ryan Reynolds, “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the film already had the attention of fans.
However, as it turns out, The Rock made a special appeal to Malaysian fans with a YouTube video. In it, he did his best to summarise “Red Notice” using Malay proverbs. It was not what we were expecting, but we definitely should have seen it coming.
He starts with explaining the plot of the film. It sounds normal; he discusses what a Red Notice actually is and talks about his role in the movie. “Now we kick off when a daring heist brings the FBI’s top profiler played by yours truly, The Rock, hunting down two rival criminals, both of which have stolen a fair bit of valuables. So many that it’s—” He pauses here to lift the bowl of pebbles he’s been holding, picks up a handful and drops it in a shower of stones. “—seperti batu di pulau (a lot/abundant),” a voice completes.
Needless to say, the entire video is littered with rocky puns, all made with Malay sayings and proverbs. Our favourite has to be when The Rock solemnly lifts a prawn and a stone. That’s right, you know this famous peribahasa for sure: “Ada udang di sebalik batu“. (Tip, you might want to lower your volume a little here…)
Most netizens were amazed that they hadn’t heard some of these Malay sayings. A few were a little saddened that he hadn’t tried to pronounce the Malay phrases himself. As one comment read: “This is so weird and so amusing at the same time. It would’ve been better if he tried to pronounce it himself.” One was just excited that Dwayne Johnson mentioned Malaysia by name!
We’d like to applaud The Rock for bearing this ‘beban berat senggulung batu (heavy burden)’. Also, shoutout to whomever came up with all the script and puns, they rock too!
Checkout the vid for yourself here:
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