Vanessa and I saw this movie last Saturday – we both decided that based on the previews, it looked like a fun film and it was going to be funny. Before I go on, I’ll confirm that yes, it WAS a good film, and it WAS funny. We loved it.
One of the things I like to do after seeing a movie is to see what other people think of it. So I headed to reddit’s /r/movies to check out what kind of reception it had…and nope Nope NOPE do not go there yourself, I do not recommend it. To put it nicely, there was a lot of negative feedback.
People were really hating on the film. Thankfully it wasn’t because of its (mostly) all-Asian cast, it was because the film itself was in their opinion, lacklustre. I will admit, it’s a basic fish-out-of-water romantic comedy in terms of plot. Most of the beats you’d expect are there. In that sense, I agree with them. It was not a great film.
But I thought the writing was clever, the jokes hit home, and the movie was paced well. The music was fantastic (go listen to the soundtrack!), the camera work and shots were beautiful, and I felt drawn into the movie and we both related to a few different parts of it.
To me, that makes a successful movie. Oh, and the fact that it was an all-Asian cast had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the movie. I think you could replace it with a “diverse” cast and write the same movie and it would have worked just as well. The “Crazy Rich Asians” part of it was just the setting / window-dressing. I am not Asian so this fact did not resonate as much with me as others, though.
One of the other reasons I advise NOT going to check out the /r/movies discussion about Crazy Rich Asians is because some people are dismissing the movie because of the all-Asian cast. Trust me, some of the worst people are on reddit.
I liked it, OK?
Look, the bottom line here is – enjoy the movie for what you see on the screen. Just like I would say for Black Panther, ignore the casting aspect of it and enjoy it for the story, the jokes, and the stunning visuals. If you can’t get past who was cast in the movie, you’re not going to be able to stop and appreciate the artistry involved in it (and probably there are other issues you’re dealing with that maybe you should reflect upon).