BY KAYLA GATES
This article contains spoilers
This article contains spoilers
Romantic comedies, especially those that are successful, have become a rare sight at the box office. “Crazy Rich Asians,” however, has exceeded expectations, shedding a new light on the genre.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is not your average romantic comedy or even Hollywood film for that matter. The movie is the first studio film in 25 years to incorporate an almost entirely Asian cast. With a lack of representation in the movie industry, the film has helped create a movement for the Asian-American community.
The movie also gives lower profile actors and actresses a chance in the spotlight. Constance Wu, who plays the main character Rachel Chu, admitted that it seemed impossible for someone with her appearance to achieve such a role. Fortunately, producers were looking to closely follow the novel written by Kevin Kwan, which the movie was based upon. This meant casting Asian performers to satisfy the characters Kwan created.
Ultimately, Wu secured the part. She hopes that the movie will open up more opportunities for Asian-American actors and actresses in Hollywood. With the talent displayed in the movie, there is no doubt that performers like Wu won’t be looked over again.
The movie gives lower profile actors and actresses a chance in the spotlight.
The film broke records in its opening week. “Crazy Rich Asians” became the highest opening romantic comedy since 2015. On top of that, the movie took first place in box office sales within a week.
The movie follows Chu, as she travels to Singapore with her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), only to discover his hidden wealth and fame. She also realizes that Nick’s hand in marriage is a major focal point in the eyes of his family and the media.
Rachel is forced to face many obstacles, the most challenging of those being Nick’s mother. While Nick has fallen in love with Rachel and is eager to propose, his mother disapproves of the marriage. Nick must choose between his family and the love of his life- a decision he doesn’t want to make.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is a perfectly crafted romantic comedy. The movie follows an over-the-top style, one that is both visually appealing and entertaining. It contains some dramatic elements, mostly focused on Nick’s family. However, the drama is balanced nicely with plenty of comedy.
One notable character is Peik Lin Goh, played by rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina. Her hilarious banter alongside Wu gives the film the perfect amount of comedic relief.
The drama is balanced nicely with plenty of comedy.
While “Crazy Rich Asians” excels in most areas, it falls short in one. While entertaining, the movie simply lacks originality. The plot consists of an average woman who falls for a secretly wealthy man. The film has simply put a new spin on a repetitive idea. While typical of the genre, the cliches and predictable ending may be a deal-breaker for some.
With such significance and importance as a film, “Crazy Rich Asians” faced the high standards of many. Unfortunately, the drastic expectations associated with it are somewhat unrealistic for the genre. Director Jon M. Chu said that the film was a huge risk. If the movie wasn’t quality, their representation movement wouldn’t be taken seriously. And while it may not be perfect, “Crazy Rich Asians” has multiple promising aspects that make it a fantastic film.
“Crazy Rich Asians” offers something for everyone. Fans of romantic comedies will devour this movie. Even those usually opposed to the idea can enjoy the humor and new perspective. But those opposed to cliches and happy endings may not enjoy the movie to the fullest extent.
Overall, “Crazy Rich Asians” puts an exciting new spin on romantic comedies. While it may lack the originality those unaccustomed to the genre expect, it is masked by the outstanding cast, creative comedy and heartwarming story. Fans can look forward to a hopefully just as phenomenal sequel.
- Talented cast
- Hilarious writing
- Beautiful visuals
- Basic plot
- Little drama
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