by: Quinn Michaels
Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) was one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. With its unique rom-com storyline and incredibly talented, diverse cast and crew, it should not be surprising that CRA is the biggest romantic comedy since My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film was released August 15th, 2018. In its first week alone, Crazy Rich Asians made 42 million dollars. As of October 4th, the film has made over 220 million dollars.
Based off of a NYT best selling book, Crazy Rich Asians is about Rachel Chu, a NYU professor who is excited to go to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young, for his best friend’s wedding. She is surprised to find out that Nick is a part of one of the richest families in Singapore and that he is considered one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. The movie follows Rachel’s story as she is thrown into the middle of a bunch of crazy and (extremely) rich asians.
Crazy Rich Asians has been such a huge hit because on top of being a heart-warming romance, the cast and the crew are mostly Asian. This is the first film in almost 25 years to have a full cast of Asian actors. The cast is made up of well-known Asian actors such as Constance Wu (Rachel Chu) and Ken Jeong (Goh Wye Mun) as well as new faces such as Henry Golding (Nick Young) and Awkwafina (Goh Peik Lin).
Although Crazy Rich Asians follows the usual romance movie arc of ‘everything is perfect’ until something bad happens and then the couple slowly comes back together until the happily ever after, it feels fresh. The new elements that are brought to the story are something you do not see often. Some of those new elements include seeing Rachel try to navigate Nick’s family’s traditions and the culture in Singapore as a foreigner. This is entertaining because in usual rom-coms there is typically not a focus on culture and tradition whereas the culture and tradition in Crazy Rich Asians drives the story.
This film also has a lot of humor in it. Sophomore Kaylee Miller said, “I enjoyed the movie because of the humor in it. Rachel’s best friend has a lot of funny scenes.” Miller is referring to Awkwafina’s character Peik Lin, Rachel’s college roommate who lives in Singapore. Peik Lin brings a lot of needed comic relief to the movie.
Overall, the film is incredible. After seeing it, it is very obvious why it has been a huge success. It is so great to see such a diverse story captured in a hilarious and aesthetically beautiful movie. With the success of diverse movies like Crazy Rich Asians, hopefully we will see more and more diversity in the film industry. Senior Kelsey Bailey said, “If diverse movies are getting as much attention as and as good as Crazy Rich Asians, why wouldn’t Hollywood want to produce more movies like it?”
If you have not seen Crazy Rich Asians, you should definitely get out and see it. Whether you go to fall in love with Rachel Chu and Nick Young’s story or to celebrate the diversity of the film, it is definitely worth seeing.