Based on a book of the same name, this was a cute rom com with a great mix of humor and seriousness with a spotlight on cultural “differences” even amongst the same culture. As a huge fan of The Joy Luck Club (I remember reading the book in high school and being fascinated by the generational storylines), I was kind of excited about another film that focused on an Asian cast and storyline (as a “double minority”, I’m always here for inclusion and diversity represented in front of and behind the camera…#representationmatters). Personally, I don’t think this one was as good as The Joy Luck Club, but that’s somewhat of an unfair comparison because they aren’t the same…ones a drama and the other a modern romantic comedy.
This film has a great cast that included Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan and Ken Jeong as well. But the standout was definitely Awkwafina…I remember coming across Awkwafina and her music a few years ago so it as cool to see her in this… and she was hilarious (I’ve been seeing that she’s been cast in a couple of upcoming releases, so good for her!). She’s definitely a star on the rise and I hope 2018’s trend of diverse, minority-led casts continues to give us fresh stories and perspectives not often seen and heard. Having grossed well over $200 million worldwide, Crazy Rich Asians is the highest-gorssing romantic comedy in a decade…minority-led films made some good money last year (Black Panther anyone?!). Overall, if you like beautifully shot rom coms, I highly recommend this gem!