Crazy Rich Asians is the first mainstream fully Asian cast in Hollywood. Yes there are some TV shows that have Asian characters, but typically they are the sidekicks or the nerdy character, with the stereotype that they are great at math and have straight A’s. But Crazy Rich Asians actually did something that hasn’t been seen before in Hollywood. They created a movie with and entirely Asian cast and all the main characters are Asian.
The lead female role is played by Constance Wu. You might know her from the show Fresh Off the Boat, which is a show about living as a Chinese family with parents that immigrated from China. She did an amazing job at portraying the role of Rachel Chu.
The lead male role is played by Henry Golding. This was actually his first acting role and he did an amazing job considering the fact that he’s a rookie. He portrayed Nick Young very well. Now he is going to be in a new movie called A Simple Favor, which stars him, Anna Kendrick, and Blake Lively. It should come out on September 14th of this year.
There are many other amazing actors in this movie like Gemma Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Chris Pang and many others.
It has taken years for an all Asian casted movie to be main stream in Hollywood. This really is just the beginning for Hollywood to start changing and start adding more Asians in the main cast where they are significant to the film or show.
I would highly recommend this movie to anyone. It’s just such an amazing film and since I am Asian, I related a lot to the film. Like how the mother isn’t accepting of Rachel and Nick together saying “I know you aren’t what Nick needs.” That is how most Asian families are when it comes to you son or daughter’s significant other. Especially when it comes to the son since they are the one who will be carrying the family name.
Crazy Rich Asians is actually a clear representation of extremely rich Asians from Singapore, Malaysia, and other places. I just love the fact that there is finally a movie that I can relate to.
My favorite character from this movie has to be Peik Lin Goh, which is Rachel’s quirky best friend from university. Her family is also quite rich. Peik Lin is portrayed by Awkwafina. Her acting made me and my mom laugh so much. If she can make my Chinese mother, that understands limited English, laugh, then its a win. Even during interviews, she still has the same enthusiasm as in the movie. That’s something that I like about Awkwafina. How she is in the movie, personality wise, is the same way she acts in real life. I think that’s why she was able to play the role so well during the movie.
This movie is PG-13 and does have some cuss words as well, but its worth it to watch it.
Also in the opening scene, it was a flash back to ten years before Rachel and Nick went to Singapore. In the opening scene, Nick’s mother was asking for a room in an expensive London hotel. The manger had said this to them “I think you should check in at some where else. Perhaps Chinatown?” Trust me this isn’t just some acting in a movie. Though this isn’t supposed to mean anything to the actors when the manager says that. But this stuff does happen in real life. I feel like the director, Jon M. Chu, wanted to show that this is how it was ten years ago and this is still how it is during present day.
Long story short, Nick’s mom made a phone call to her husband, who bought the hotel and the previous owner said that the manager will be working under Nick’s mother now. I don’t know about you, but that had me cackling. Karma is wonderful isn’t it?
Another amazing thing about this movie is that they actually spoke their native language. Which I believe is Cantonese, correct me if I’m wrong. But it was awesome to here they were speaking their native language. I could under stand parts of the dialect since is speak Twaisanese, which is a form of Cantonese.
Overall, I think that you should definitely watch this movie. It was such an amazing movie. The cinematography was amazing, the acting was well done, and it was absolutely hilarious. This movie is like a roller coaster on your emotions. Like you are happy one minute, laughing the other, and then sobbing of happy tears. This movie is a rom-com but it’s not like one of those terrible ones. It’s actually amazing.
Anyways, that’s all for now