Crazy Rich Asians is pretty much what you imagine it sounds like – it’s a breezy summer rom-com full of glitz and beautiful people. Oh my, is this movie glitzy. Constance Wu plays Rachel, an economics professor who ventures way out of her comfort zone to meet her boyfriend’s family – in Singapore…oh, and he forgot to mention that he’s one of the richest people in the country and one of its most eligible bachelors. Whoops.
This movie has a stacked cast. Besides Wu, who is a comedic powerhouse (seriously, check out Fresh Off the Boat), and Michelle Yeoh, it also features Awkwafina (having a big summer between this and Ocean’s 8) and Ken Jeong (Community).
Director John M. Chu has adapted Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, using a classic rom-com foundation that has previously been mostly open to white actors, and I am here for it. Not only is Rachel a fish out of water, but it represents a cultural homecoming for lots of us who are a result of diaspora.
Yes, it stars a majority (all?) Asian cast, and let’s not pretend that’s typical. So often, I read that a movie “happens” to have people of color – well, okay. I get what that means. One day, when we have what white people get all the time in their movie genres, Hollywood won’t be trying to promote movies based on the fact that people of color “just like us” and their story is universal. You know why? Cause it is and they are and no one has ever pointed to a Ryan Reynolds movie and gone, “I hope audiences can see themselves in this.”
This is why I planned a parade for August 18 and I’m going to be pushing for my family, friends, and everyone I know to see this movie.
Even though the movie isn’t out until August 18, there has been a surprise screening and loads of hype. These reactions and this support matters:
Going to bed full of mochi and happiness remembering making dumplings with my grandparents and extended family and never feeling fully at home on either continent, grateful to @jonmchu for capturing this feeling so beautifully. #CrazyRichAsians
— Linda Ge (@lindazge) April 24, 2018
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) April 23, 2018
#CrazyRichAsians is the kind of big, beautiful, vibrant rom-com Hollywood needs; the kind it hasn’t seen (or done well) in a while. That’s why it works. And it happens to star a big, beautiful, vibrant ensemble of Asians. Global Asians! All kinds of Asians. That’s why it matters.
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) April 24, 2018
Saw #CrazyRichAsians. It was hilarious, colorful, and SUCH A GOOD ROM COM. I truly can’t tell you what it meant to see so many Asians on screen as the main characters. ALSO @awkwafina is the G.O.A.T. 🔥🎎🎏⛩🍚🍣🥟🍱
— Ashly Perez (@itsashlyperez) April 24, 2018
And @jonmchu takes the stage and says he just had a daughter and he wants her to be able to see her stories on a big screen like this one. 👏👏👏
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) April 24, 2018
We are going to see #CrazyRichAsians and we are going to see it a few times. This is about to open the doors for more asian stories to be told on US screens and we will make it a hit.
— Danez Smith (@Danez_Smif) April 23, 2018
#CrazyRichAsians is a love letter to Westernized Asians who live in a world that has heretofore largely ignored them.
— Rebecca Sun (@therebeccasun) April 24, 2018
This movie is what we’ve been waiting for. Just like how Fresh Off the Boat was the first network sitcom with an Asian cast since the 90s, I hope we keep making waves. My hope is that this is just one movie in a big, rich tapestry of Asian-led movies and television shows. Let’s get everyone in here. Let’s get more South Asian rom-com leads (remember The Big Sick? What a lovely movie). Let’s get Thai action movies. Let’s have some Cambodian dramas. Let’s bring back Selfie.
If it’s not clear how long we’ve been waiting…
You bet your sweet ass #CrazyRichAsians is historic. 🙌
We've waited 25 years since The Joy Luck Club to see a second major Hollywood film feature an all-Asian cast.
Here's to the film's success and many more Asian-led projects to come. 🥂https://t.co/iYHsHhDkma
— Eugene Lee Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) April 23, 2018
This trailer was so fun and the hype so exciting that for a moment I’ll just forget Hollywood wanted to make Rachel a white lady and all the cracks about about shark fin soup. Not today, Satan.