June and Kopi is an Indonesian comedy movie directed by Noviandra Santosa and starring Acha Septriasa, Ryan Delon and Makayla Rose Hilli.
How many animal-based movies have we all watched throughout the years? “Too many” doesn’t cover the number. However, are we gonna watch more of these even if they’re all the same? You betcha. June and Kopi is one of those typical animal films that’s heartwarming and has a sad ending and I don’t honestly know what to feel about it.
June and Kopi follows two dogs, June and Kopi. June, who is a street dog, is adopted by Aya after she finds him being chased by kids. Kopi, on the other hand, is Aya and Ale’s pet dog. June must now adjust to his new life with the three and make space in his life for Aya and Ale’s daughter Karin.
June and Kopi have varied attitudes. While June is wild and energetic, Kopi is calmer and more composed and lounges around the house all the time. There’s also Ale, Aya’s husband, who instantly dislikes June from the moment he sees him. Let’s agree that we don’t like Ale because who treats dogs like that.
Anyway, June is, obviously, a good boy and gets over his fear of children and instantly bonds with their newborn daughter Karin. Their bond is cute and beautiful and it’s a treat to watch. Karin is also absolutely cute as a button and the two dogs and she are the only reason you should watch June and Kopi.
June’s transformation from a wild street dog to a gentle and loving homebody and his bond with Kopi is what this movie will give you. The twist at the end where June has to save Karin is nothing we haven’t seen before in other movies, but that doesn’t make it any less sad. If, like me, you love animals then hey, you’re gonna cry ugly tears.
The performances in June and Kopi are fine. It’s nothing out of this world and Tj Ruth as Tante Ika, the comedic relief, is unnecessary and loud. But then again, this movie isn’t about the human performances. I think you’ll be quite satisfied with how cute June and Kopi are. Their mannerisms convey their emotions to a T and are the main attraction of this movie.
However, can we just all agree to not kill off the animals in movies to gain sympathy? It’s not cute and it’s absolutely devastating and heartbreaking. It’s an emotion that is not required and only gives you sadness. You don’t need to kill off the protagonist to get brownie points; honestly, you get no brownie points for killing the dog.
Summing up: June and Kopi
June and Kopi isn’t about human beings. It’s 90 minutes runtime is simply dedicated to the two dogs who are a treat and a delight to watch. The story is fine but isn’t something we haven’t seen before. But honestly, I was too enamoured by the dogs to pay attention – and that’s a win in my book.
June and Kopi is streaming on Netflix.
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