RATING : 3.7/5
Crazy Rich Asians is the first book of the trilogy and it was a very fun read. But as an asian who grew up in K-Drama, C-Drama and J-Drama (korean, chinese and japanese tv shows LOL) the storyline is redundant to me. I’ve seen that storyline of a rich random boy who falls for an ordinary girl for at least 80% of time while growing up so I was not very impressed with the overall plot.
However, I loved how Kevin Kwan was very informed about Singapore, its historical aspect and how the elite class came to be. Singapore itself is a both a mystery, a myth and a wonder to all of us asians. You have to understand that in less than 50 years, it became one of the strongest nations economically and environmentally. Having visited the nation myself, I can simply agree with everything people has said so far: it’s grandiose and a bit intimidating as the technology and the culture is so advanced I thought I was in a science fiction town.
The movie was HILARIOUS.
With the help with some very talented guests, the movie has become not only funny but a revolutionary act for Hollywood. Having asian-only cast from famous actors/actresses drama series to funny-laugh-my-ass-off natural comedians really change the feeling of the story.
The screen stealer and my absolute favourite character is Peik Lin (the blonde girl in the clip below) played by Awkwafina. She has such a unique voice that everytime she talks it’s just funny LOL
However, the most important part of the movie, besides showing off the Singapore lifestyle, is the values of traditional families vs American Born family. As you can witness in the movie, even though we are all asian, a lot of us are discriminated for our independence and our willing to achieve goals beyond the traditional values. I find that very interesting because as a girl who grew up and born in Vietnam, I went to live in France and finally in Canada. My values have changed a lot since and people keep commenting how I became so rude or I am always so straightforward. Yes, for the Vietnamese people it views as insolence while all I ever do is speaking my mind and express myself.
Overall yes, it’s all about a chick-flick romance movie but if you look closer, a whole asian dynamic is formed and analyzed in this story. From the beginning with the introduction and the racism to the moment where Rachel (the main character) meets the family and confronts her boyfriend’s Mom who is still holding to the traditional principles and ethics.
RATING : 4.3/5