If you have not seen this movie yet, please go do yourself a favor and watch this movie. Also, please go support Asians, Asians in film, and Asian films in general. I promise you will not regret. This movie will give you all the feels, as it did me. I laughed so hard, and I also cried. I cried for a couple different reasons...
One reason I cried was for certain moving moments, but I also found myself tearing up even early on in the movie, because this felt bigger than just another romantic comedy. It felt like a real turning point. As a teenager, I grew up on the stage and loved performing and entertaining people; but I remember thinking to myself, "This sucks--I'll never get good roles." I was so used to seeing white narratives and Asians being stereotyped. When you only ever see one Asian in a movie or series, it's like watching Hollywood try to force diversity by forcing that one Asian character carry the weight of representing all Asians in one character, which is SO unfair and so not real life. People tend to either portray Asians as the stereotypical smart, straight-laced accountant, lawyer, or doctor, or the go the EXACT opposite and make her ditsy . It's like, okay, let's not be so stereotpical, so let's just make her the "dumb blonde," but Asian.
For once, you just have a movie about people, which happens to showcase and feature a part of the world that is Asian and you get to see dynamic characters, because that's the world we live in. No matter where you go, or what community you live in, there are always many different characters. How unproductive would these Asian countries be if they all were only accountants, lawyers, and doctors. This movie is one step to furthering inclusion. There are of course some satirical lines that poke fun at the stereotypes, but it's on point and will make you giggle.
In regards to the movie itself, it's the kind of feel good romcom many of us craving these days, and o my gosh the fashion! There are also three very obvious scene-stealers. First, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong are hilarious. They always are, but their lines, their delivery, their chemistry as an outrageous father-daughter duo will make you laugh-cry. The third, possibly unsuspecting, scene-stealer is Gemma Chan. I've been a fan of hers, but haven't actually seen much of her work. In this film, she exudes grace and elegance to the maximum. It's almost like she floats into every scene that she's in.
Seriously, go watch this movie. If I could, I'd watch it over and over on repeat right now. It's every bit crazy, and rich. And by the way, this film may be based on fictional characters, but there is no comparison to real life crazy, rich Asians. Why do you think all the high-end designer stores in Paris, London, and Milan all have people working there who can speak Chinese or other Asian languages? Because Asians come to shop like nobody's business! Rich Asians and Middle Easterners, they make the royal family look middle-class.
Have you watched this glorious movie??? Tell me what you think! Let's through a crazy rich party and celebrate!
BIG LOVE & HUGS