Breaking movie stereotypes

The Red and White Staff takes a look at new release "Crazy Rich Asians"

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By KERRI SHUTIKA, MELINA WEAVER, and S.NICOLE

 

Movies are expected to revolve around the same culture as the main language spoken in it, but for Crazy Rich Asians, it was the opposite. Crazy Rich Asians is spoken in English, but is focused on the Chinese traditions and beliefs of a family. This includes items like family rings, weddings, and the right career path for their child. Being able to capture this concept would be difficult, but for Crazy Rich Asians, it was unique, and honestly, it was show stopping.

The domestic comedy, based off of the novels written by Kevin Kwan published in 2013,  earned another $13.86 million (-38%) for a $136.222m 26-day total, according to Forbes. Although that is a sharper drop than the last two weekends, -38% is fine by any rational standard.

The film is starting to expand world wide and has now made $164.7 million worldwide. It has already passed The Meg and has become this summer’s tenth biggest domestic grosser. Crazy Rich Asians is the biggest romantic comedy (in unadjusted domestic earnings) in nine years.

With both Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg, we can thank Warner Bros. (and Paramount) for making this summer boom in the movie industry. But how did Crazy Rich Asians shock and capture so many people’s hearts?

The movie revolves around the main female lead, Rachel Chu, who is played by Constance Wu. The main male lead is Nick Young, who is played by Henry Golding.

When the opening clips start, you see a family of Asians walking into a rather posh and fancy hotel, but what really drags eyes is the way the children act. The young boy of the family is covered in mud, and he then proceeds to smear this mud all over the floor. A women, who is later revealed to be the mother of Nick, goes up to the front desk, where’s she’s basically told, “you’re Asian, and Asians don’t belong here.”

This was a really eye opening scene, and really makes a person realize that racism and discrimination are a very real and prominent thing, whether we realize it or not.

Luckily, everything turns out well for the Young family, who later would become one of the top most wealthy families in the Singapore area.

Skip ahead a couple scenes, we officially meet Nick and Rachel. Their relationship is rather intimate, and truly heartwarming. They then travel to Singapore for one of Nick’s childhood friend’s wedding. We then see scenes of popular tourist spots in Singapore, including the ‘Supertrees’, and the authentic and traditional Chinese food market located in Singapore’s “Chinatown.”

From the moment Rachel arrives in Singapore, the whole mood of the movie seems to shift to a more dark, depressing one. She’s faced with the reality of dating someone who has such a high social status. Through the movie she would face multiple challenges, anywhere from Nick’s mom, Nick’s grandma, all the way to jealous girls who think Rachel isn’t good enough.

However, for being the first all-Asian cast film since 1993, it was a bit generic. The whole plot was based off of the same plot that every other basic romcom is. Admittedly, it was one of the better romcoms, but it still could have used some work.

When the first transitions took place, as the two main characters, Nick Young and Rachel Chu flew to Singapore to visit Nick’s family, the animations were less than ideal. First of all, they did not match the theme of the movie. They seemed too light-hearted and happy for the moment.

Another issue with the film was the topic of people being “‘whitewashed.”’. Nick’s mother was disappointed in Nick for bringing home a “‘white-washed”’ girl as his beau. She was upset that she wasn’t what she considered ‘proper asian’ or what she expected and wanted in an heir. It seems as if after the general hatred, the issue wasn’t even addressed. There wasn’t any lesson to be learned. Rachel was finally accepted into the family, but it was because Nick loved her, not because she was found “worthy enough.””.

Overall, the movie retracted very mixed emotions. Some positive, some negative, but all together, the movie was rather good. Maybe we’ll see more in the future, possibly a sequel. But until then, we’ll be satisfied with Nick and Rachel’s generic and lovely romance story.