Go for the glitter and gold but stay for the heart. Warner Bros. Pictures’ Crazy Rich Asians is a modern fairy tale that had me smiling most of the movie and most of all, somehow made me believe again in love. Continue reading to find out how the first adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s acclaimed trilogy changed my perception of love.

The power of Asian representation in Crazy Rich Asians. | Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
The power of Asian representation in Crazy Rich Asians. | Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Asian Drama

When was the last time we saw a proper representation of us, Asians, in Hollywood? Counting out shows that featured stereotypical Asian characters, Fresh Off The Boat comes first to mind. Coincidentally, it also stars Constance Wu! Wu plays Rachel Chu, an NYU Professor who comes from a Chinese-immigrant family. Her mom raised her single-handedly. These factors make her the image of an American-Asian struggling to make the most out of their humble lives in another country. She finds herself in a relationship with Nick Young (Henry Golding). The Nick Young. Their relationship flourished without her knowing the real score about his family until they had to fly to Singapore for Nick’s friend’s wedding. This part was a little weird because personally, if I have a partner, I will know everything there is to know. But I guess, Rachel is different.

Discover the heart underneath the glamour in Crazy Rich Asians | Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Discover the heart underneath the glamour in Crazy Rich Asians | Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

And then drama comes home. At this point, I knew from the get-go that the story will be telling an oh-so-familiar narrative. As an Asian who grew up watching Asian dramas, I knew that it will be following the narrative trope of “Poor Girl Falls In Love With A Rich Guy But The Guy’s Family Is Against It.” And boy, was I right? Should that stop you from watching the movie? Did that prevent me from enjoying the story? DEFINITELY NOT!

Asians to the Front

Let me give you one reason: the perfect cast. I have been in love with Constance Wu since Fresh Off The Boat. Reading about her casting in the movie elevated my excitement to see it. Henry Golding, while a newcomer, has the charisma of a simple guy who came from an affluent family. There is a subtle elegance in his vibe. And of course, Michelle Yeoh. Need I say more about her? Well, let’s just say that she is the personification of an Asian Tiger Mom! The other casts are great as well. It is about time we start shifting the lens to Asian actors.

The power of women shines through in Crazy Rich Asians. | Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
The power of women shines through in Crazy Rich Asians. | Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Crazy Rich Asians tells a story that is not necessarily new, especially for the Asian market. Yet somehow, it succeeded in finding a way to make it interesting and relevant. At its core is a strong Asian narrative that gave us a proper representation with its colorful characters. It is glamorous, hilarious, and romantic. It will leave you wanting more and judging by the ending of the film, there is more to come.

Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh
Binge-level: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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