Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Jarvis, Contributor

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Crazy Rich Asians, a newly released movie, is not only a funny movie, but it has a lot of importance to a lot of people. “The film boasts dazzling sets (despite a modest $30 million budget); a gorgeous, international cast; and a marketing campaign that leans into the film’s significance for Asian representation in Hollywood”(The Atlantic). One of the many problems in the movie business is the misrepresentation of movie actors. We all understand the switching of genders in plays such as Peter Pan, or the movies changing a bit of a movie to fit the actor’s or the director’s talents and visions for the movie. For example, Hispanic actors rarely play roles for Hispanic people, or a lot of people want to have trans actors play trans people.

A lot of the Asian-casted movies all have incredibly stereotyped plots. It may be an entertaining movie, but it has no representation for Asian Americans. If anything, it forces Asian Americans into stereotypical roles. Not every Asian American has all A’s, plays the piano, or is a master of martial arts. This also causes a lot of racism in a lot of schools and workplaces. “Most important, it’s an entire movie about Asians without martial arts or stereotypical nerds.” (Washington Post).

Not only did this movie not have the stereotyped plot that most other all Asian cast movies have, they also had a relatable female lead role. Constance Wu, the actress that plays Rachel Chu, said she had always found a connection to the lead character when she read the book. People who watched the movie loved how relate-able Rachel Chu is. “While watching the trailer, I experienced something new. I looked at Rachel, played by Asian American actress Constance Wu of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” and completely related to her.”(Washington Post) .She is an Asian American and is an economics professor. Although she is An Asian American it appears in the movie as though she does not practice some of the Asian cultures. “When I viewed the trailer, I saw for the first time in my memory a female lead with whom I shared not only my appearance but my experiences.”(Washington Post). The character is so relate-able and funny that even Constance Wu felt an immediate connection with her. at an interview for People, Wu stated, “I had never seen an Asian-American woman be the leading role in a movie or saw a face that looked even close to mine that Hollywood deemed worthy of its own fairy-tale story.” after she had said that she landed her dream role.

The movie also emphasizes a lot of key things in the culture. For example, the mother of Nick Young, (played by Henry Golding) Eleanor Sung-Young, (played by Michelle Yeoh) showed a lot of the culture by the way she made family important and tried to keep her family in a good place. “She’s a lens that magnifies important themes in Asian culture: the importance of family, respect for one’s roots and culture, parents making sacrifices for their children, reverence for tradition and the elderly, and, perhaps most importantly, how matriarchs ground their families.” (BAZAAR). She also shows how important family is in their culture by tending to her elderly mother-in-law even though they do not have the best relationship. Or by the way she upholds family traditions like making the dumplings as a family around the dinner table.

Another important scene in this movie is the scene where Rachel and Eleanor were talking while playing the game Mahjong. While this appears to be just another game or scene in the movie, it actually has a lot more importance than what first meets the eye. “Lam said it was especially meaningful for “Crazy Rich Asians” to include the mahjong scene because of the deep ties the game has to Chinese people all over the world.”(CBS). They are even sitting in ways that have a meaning. Eleanor is sitting in the dealer seat representing Singapore traditions while Rachel sits in the west representing America. “So Rachel draws the win, but instead of winning, she lets Eleanor have [the winning tile], and so that mirrors the dialogue because what she tells Eleanor in that moment is, ‘Your son has proposed to me, but because I don’t want him to lose his relationship with his mother, I am going to say no and in the future, when he marries someone you think is appropriate, you’re going to remember that that’s because of me.'”(CBS).

This movie had so many amazing reviews and ratings that they are already planning a sequel. It was entertaining and incredibly important to many people.




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