by Rachael Gilkison/Staff Writer
This Cinderella upgrade has caught the interest of both journalists and the public alike for its captivating novelty romance. This was an amazing movie that made hearts swoon as Rachel and Nick fell in love. In this fantastic film, a poor Chinese girl falls in love with her Prince Charming, deemed a “crazy rich Asian” by Goh Pek Lin, the best friend of main character Rachel. (Awkwafina).
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) has no idea that her boyfriend belongs to Singapore’s elite. This movie’s great characters aren’t the only thing that has been attracting the media’s attention; it’s also an incredible amount of diversity and romance that makes hearts sing as an added bonus.
Rachel first discovers that Nick (Henry Goulding) is basically Asia’s Prince Harry when she is invited to go to Nick’s best friend’s wedding. When Rachel and Nick board the plane to leave, Rachel is quick to point out that she can’t afford their first class suite. Nick then confesses that his family lives comfortably.
Nick is Singapore’s most eligible bachelor, so it is not hard to imagine that people were a little less than happy that he was dating someone that didn’t fit his current status. Nick, unlike his family and close friends, doesn’t care that Rachel doesn’t come from money like he does.
Rachel is an economics professor in New York who is completely oblivious to Nick’s wealth and power. Rachel tries her best to fit in with Nick’s family and friends, but she suffered a lot of scrutiny because of the fact that she is not rich or influential.
The leader of the “Kick Rachel to the Curb club” is Eleanor Young, Nick’s mother (Michelle Yeoh). From the start, Eleanor made it clear that she did not like Rachel. Eleanor blatantly told Rachel that “she will never be enough”. Though Eleanor is just trying to look out for her son, she gave a lot of tough love that Rachel couldn’t handle.
Though everyone seems to have it out for Rachel, she finds safety in her best friend Goh Pek Lin . Pek Lin provides great comic relief throughout the entire movie. She provided lots of comfort to Rachel when she felt like no one really wanted her in Singapore. She also helped Rachel fit in with the rich bigwigs.
Not only does Crazy Rich Asians have an amazing set of characters, it also has an all-Asian cast. Though this may not seem like a big deal, considering that that last all-Asian cast movie, The Joy Luck Club, came out in 1993, this is huge for the Asian-American community.
As if this movie couldn’t get any better, it follows the book perfectly. Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series is already popular, and as the success of his movie grew, so did his book series. There are three books in the Crazy Rich Asians series.
This movie has been incredibly popular and has earned much of the public’s love. The film has encouraged people to better accept who they are instead of trying to be someone else. In China Rich Girlfriend, the second book in the series, Kwan wrote: “Just because some people actually work for their money doesn’t mean they are beneath you.” The theme of equality is an important one throughout the series, and especially in the recent film.
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