It's rare to see a big screen movie that features an entirely Asian cast, which is why Crazy Rich Asians is a big deal for a lot of people. There's a lot potentially riding on the film's success, but the good news is that the first hurdle has been overcome, as it turns out Crazy Rich Asians is really quite good. So far there doesn't seem to be a single bad review of the film.
Crazy Rich Asians is a defibrillator for a genre that flatlined ages ago. This heartwarming, well-acted - and decadent - film takes you back to the greatest hits of Nancy Meyers, Richard Curtis and Nora Ephron.
Romantic comedies have had a difficulties recently, largely due to the fact that they follow very predictable formulas and it can be hard to find a way to bring something new to the genre. However, by virtue of the fact that Crazy Rich Asians is such a unique film, The Wrap feels it gets a pass when it comes to dealing with tropes.
Ultimately, Crazy Rich Asians doesn't need to subvert all its predictable elements, because even if we know where it's going, we've never seen that story told this way.
Of course, the thing that Crazy Rich Asians is going to mostly be seen as is an opportunity for a broad cast of Asian actors to get an opportunity on screen they likely would not have any other way. As Time Out points out, this allows the film to, ironically, be diverse with its cast within the culture that is being given the spotlight.
Seeing this kind of onscreen representation is incredibly satisfying, especially via Kwan's rich page-turner, loaded with cattiness but also plenty of Asian diversity, from wholesome friends and wise confidantes to jealous mean girls and scheming parents.
If there's anything negative that can be said about the film, the Seattle Times maybe says it, as its review claims the movie is, as is often the case, not as good as the original source material, but that doesn't change the fact that the movie is still great.
Is it as good as the book? No. Did it make me happy? Oh yes, and how nice to be reminded what a gift a joyful rom-com can be.
If you're a fan of diversity in filmmaking then Crazy Rich Asians is a no-brainer, but even if that doesn't mean all that much to you and you'd just like to see a solid rom-com for the first time in a while, it looks like Crazy Rich Asians may satisfy a diverse film audience as well.