After watching the trailer (below) for the new rags-to-riches rom-com, Crazy Rich Asians, I was flooded with an overwhelming and intoxicating sense of FINALLY...
Finally, there is a sweeping romantic comedy to break up the monotony of all of the superhero and heavily-CGI'd action flicks filling the multiplexes every summer. Finally, there is nary an Emma Stone or an Amy Schumer or a Kristen Stewart in sight. Finally, there's a movie that delves into Asian culture that has nothing to do with martial arts (though it's awesome) but instead focuses on the familial drama and cultural and class differences.
Based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians follows the romance of American Rachel (Constance Wu) as she meets her boyfriend's (Henry Golding) family on a Singaporean vacation only to discover that he's the country's most eligible bachelor and jaw-droppingly rich. Hijinks, power-plays and drama ensue around some of the most dazzling locations, fashions and bodies in rom-com history.
Star Trek Discovery's Michelle Yeoh puts down her phasers for a stunning turn as a matriarch of one of Asia's most powerful families.
This movie boasts an all Asian cast, which is groundbreaking and long overdue. Beyond that, the central plot looks intriguing, lavish, hilarious and yet somehow grounded in reality--aka the makings of a great movie. So I can only wonder if Crazy Rich Asians might be the film that revitalizes the endangered rom-com genre?
Find out for sure when it hits theaters this August. Until then enjoy the luxury and love in the CRA trailer!