By: G. Castilla
Watching this Cinderella-based Asian movie, released earlier this year, is definitely a great way to spend your time and enjoy a good laugh. The film has a quirky humour, filled will independent and strong-willed women. It is a romantic spin on the culture clash between Southeast-Asian countries (such as Singapore), in which the culture is centred around family, and Western cultures (e.g. America), in which the cultures revolve around being happy and following your passions. The best characters, in my opinion, include Rachel Chu (the main character), Peik Lin (Rachel’s roommate in university), and Rachel’s family, all of which have an incredible humour, and together bring a comic flair to the otherwise dramatic movie.
The movie is centred around Rachel Chu, the daughter of a Chinese immigrant raised in the United States and an economics professor. Rachel is in love with Nick Young, who comes from, unknowingly to Rachel, an extremely wealthy family in Singapore. Upon arrival in Singapore, Rachel encounters a shocking world of materialism, obscene wealth, power, and status, leaving her baffled. There, she meets her former college roommate Peik Lin, who describes Nick’s family as being “Asian royalty,” and thus Rachel finally finds out the reality about Nick’s family’s wealth. Rachel meets Nick’s mother and quickly notices she disapproves of Rachel’s relationship with Nick, believing he could find a girlfriend who is better than Rachel. The movie recounts the Rachel’s adventures as she attempts to prove herself worthy of Nick’s love to his family, and tries her best to make them accept her, as she is.
Throughout the movie, some cruel pranks are played towards Rachel. But, overall, the movie is very sweet, bringing up important topics such as honesty, standing up for yourself, valuing people for who they truly are, and treating others the way you want to be treated. This movie presents a lot of Asian culture, with all main and secondary characters being of Asian descent. As a whole, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ contains role models and extremely humorous characters, plus its main theme is of living up to expectations.
All in all, I fully recommend this movie as it provides a great laugh, be it either with your family or with your friends. It is a very light-hearted and mood-lifting movie to watch on a cosy evening.