Moviegoers can talk all day about the lack of creativity and originality onscreen, but you gotta hand it to the team behind it. Ben and Jodiewho at least took a pre-existing concept and managed to turn it into something new, fresh and exciting.
Based on the novel of the same name by Dewi Lestari, 2015 drama Filosofi Kopi followed Ben from Chicco Jerikho and Jody from Rio Dewanto as they faced the trials and tribulations of running a cafe they inherited that was riddled with a mountain of debt. So far, so scenic and quite simple.
However, the sequel takes things in a totally different direction, with the duo going their separate ways. Ben defends local farmers from the company that seeks to drive them out of town, while Jody works on her brand new caffeinated project. When the former suddenly disappears before the big launch, the latter sets out to save him.
Along the way, there is a formidable threat posed by Lowering, Star Wars: The Force Awakensand John Wick: Chapter 3Yayan Ruhian’s Tubir, who anyone who’s seen those movies knows is capable of kicking a fair amount of ass. Cue, a hybrid of action adventure, domestic thriller, and environmental-themed sociopolitical parable, that played like gangbusters on Netflix this week.
According to FlixPatrol, Ben and Jodie climbed the platform’s global charts for the third day in a row and now ranks in the Top 10 hits in six different countries. It’s not the most obvious path for a sequel, but it’s damn entertaining.