Sophia Lim, Staff Writer
Based on a rom-com book written by Kevin Kwan, “Crazy Rich Asians” made its way on screen and was an instant summer hit. The novel made into a film was directed by Jon M. Chu, with an all-Asian cast starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding. The two main characters, Rachel Chu (Wu) and Nick Young (Golding) are a couple who have been dating for about a year. The storyline follows Rachel, an American-born Chinese economics professor from New York, who travels to Nick’s hometown in Singapore to attend a wedding and meet his family. Unbeknownst to Rachel, however, in Singapore, Nick is known as, “the Prince William of Asia.” In other words, he came from a prestigious family of wealth and “old money.”
One might even say the Young family were, crazy rich.
As the plot progresses, you are able to see how Rachel learns to handle the problems she is faced with and the attitude she has toward them. The movie portrayed the two as independent people and showed their love for each other despite the negative responses from some people, such as Nick’s mom, that they received. They were able to maintain a healthy relationship and managed to overcome the outside problems they are faced with.
Unlike other romantic comedies in which the main heroine is often portrayed as helpless and not quite figuring things out, “Crazy Rich Asians” presents Rachel as strong, capable, and in control. This movie adds the right mix of stressing the importance of self-love, and even shows a different cultural face to the public.
“Crazy Rich Asians” comedic side makes light of some actual serious topics. The film really intends to counter an anti-Asian bias and throughout the film, they avoid all other Asian stereotypes that mass media typically portrays. Despite the fact that the movie showcases a good time and the celebration of money, it always brings the focus back to love and self-affirmation, whether it be through what Rachel’s struggles or even the other supporting characters’ backstories. During the extravagant wedding scene in the movie, what moved the audience to tears was not the idea of wealth and grand occasions, but rather the love you felt in the room as the scene is carried. This showed that despite the idea of luxury and lavishness, it was truly love that was the most important.
Yet, what you really get out of this movie and what makes it probably one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, is the love she ends up receiving in the end. Not necessarily from Nick, but from herself. The movie is not actually about her getting the guy. It is about Rachel accepting and loving herself where she is.