Crazy Rich Asians’ Crazy Rich Debut

Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters and makes an impact on both people and the movie industry

FIRST APPEARANCES: Nick Young greets his Rachel Chu upon her arrival at a party before the wedding. While Chu is nervous about meeting his family, he assures her that she is going to be great, and that everyone will love her.

Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters on August 15, and once I heard that it featured a cast made entirely of Asians, I knew I had to see it. I would say that the movie is similar to the common trope of “the poor damsel marries the rich prince,” but it brings a modern twist through its diversity and fresh humor.

In Crazy Rich Asians, Rachel Chu visits Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young, to visit his family for the first time. There, they are to attend a mutual friend’s wedding and Rachel, of course, wants to impress everyone she meets. However, it isn’t until the last minute that she is told that her boyfriend is actually the heir to a multi-million dollar company, and their family is basically considered royalty in the eyes of Singapore. This makes her initial goal slightly more difficult than she imagined.

Rachel Chu is portrayed by Constance Wu, and I think she is an excellent choice. She really nails down the role, and has the quirky humor that needs to accompany the character. In the movie, it seems odd that a rich and famous business man would fall in love with someone that he wouldn’t normally encounter or that wouldn’t usually catch his attention, but Wu manages to mold the character in such a way that it seems oddly plausible. Nick Young is portrayed by Henry Golding, and I feel that he isn’t necessarily bad, but he isn’t amazing. However, he and Wu have a good chemistry on screen, and I think that is truly what matters the most. Characters such as Goh Peik Lin and Goh Wye Mun- played by Awkwafina and Ken Jeong, respectively- add to that quirky humor, and definitely make the movie enjoyable for all ages.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie a lot. It wasn’t the best movie I have ever seen, but it was definitely worth seeing. The movie was humorous and enjoyable, and the overall atmosphere was light. There were parts that were emotional and parts that had the viewer picking sides and disliking a character, but it was overall lighthearted and dealt with sensitive topics in a similar style.

While Crazy Rich Asians is definitely enjoyable for just the plot, I also enjoyed it for the underlying messages it delivered. As a first-generation Indian, I related deeply with Rachel trying to cope with balancing both her American and Asian identities. Most children of immigrants have a period of time in which they have to learn how to balance both their heritage and the norms of the country they’re in, and the movie shows that and those thoughts on screen. This really stood out to me, as I would have appreciated that being in a movie when I was younger and trying to maintain my own balance. I think this movie has the power and potential to show all kids that. More and more ethnicities are being introduced to Hollywood, and that shows more and more people that everyone can have a role model that they can personally relate to. The movie also showcases how important culture is to a person, but how it doesn’t define them.

Though Crazy Rich Asians is rated PG-13, I would recommend it to people of all ages, as there is an aspect that everybody would find themselves relating to and enjoying. Of all the people that I have talked to about the movie, not one thing said has been negative, and I think that shows how impactful every detail was. All in all, I would rate it a 5/5. Let’s see if the sequel can match up.

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