Wednesday, August 22, 2018

REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians

Now showing: Crazy Rich Asians! Special thanks to Nacho Bimby for inviting us to their movie screening!



The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere. (source)

I absolutely loved this movie! I laughed and cried and got kilig so many times all throughout! I thought it was very relatable since a lot of people experience this naman talaga in one way or another. I've had friends tell stories about "the great wall" (Filipinos dating Filipino-Chinese) and to tell you the truth, I've had my own experience as well. I've been judged for being a Filipino-Chinese who doesn't know how to speak Fookien/Mandarin. It's not exactly the same, but if you've already watched the movie / read the book, you'll understand what I mean. Wala, ganyan talaga eh. It's really part of our reality, and I'm glad Kevin Kwan was able to make light of that in his book (and of course, Jon M. Chu through the movie). Also.. super happy about the ALL-ASIAN CAST!!!

*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***

I've loved Constance Wu in Fresh Off the Boat and it was amazing seeing her portray Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians! It's your typical love story except a billion times richer and fancier. Rachel and Nick had been dating for over a year before Rachel found out how crazy rich Nick's family actually was. Of course, there had to be obstacles (like Nick's mom Eleanor and socialites like Amanda) but she met really nice people who support her relationship with Nick as well (like Colin and Araminta, and even Nick's Ah Ma - and we all know how important the opinions of grandmothers can be). I admire how strong Rachel was and how she was able to stand up for herself despite being in a different country, away from everything and everyone she knows.

The wedding scene was SPECTACULAR. I swear I was shookt at how beautiful it all was. It was, for sure, the best wedding scene I've ever seen. I couldn't help but cry. Grabe, I wish my wedding was as amazing, but I'm no crazy rich Asian. Haha. They picked a beautiful song to go with it too - Can't Help Falling in Love. That mahjong scene was the best though. When Nick proposed to Rachel, he was willing to give up everything for her. Rachel, understanding the importance of family, didn't want that to happen, so she decided to take control of the situation and reject his proposal instead. Doing so meant that Nick's future was in her hands, that when he one day meets a girl that passes his mom's standards, it would all be because of Rachel. That's exactly what she told Eleanor right before she threw out the mahjong tile that Eleanor needed to win. So basically, Eleanor only won because Rachel let her. "In this move, Rachel has demonstrated to Eleanor three critical things. The first is that she loves Nick enough to put his future ahead of hers. The second is that she understands that family should always come first, something that Eleanor suspected she didn’t comprehend as a jook sing Asian American. And the third is that Rachel is strong, self-sacrificing, and courageous — a lot like Eleanor herself. Instead of “never being enough” for Nick, a line Eleanor uses to surgically destroy Rachel in an earlier scene, she’s most likely exactly what Nick needs." (source)

HUUU I broke down at the last scene when Nick chased after Rachel on the plane and proposed again, but when he opens the ring box, the ring he originally proposed with has been replaced with Eleanor's ring (the one her husband gave her) - meaning she's finally giving them her approval!!! CRAY. I swear I'm rereading this book once I'm done with Still Me by Jojo Moyes. My thoughts are still all over the place, but you really have to watch this one, guys!!

Also found this cool article on the 23 major differences between the book and the movie from Cosmopolitan!
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