- 14 Sep 18
A culturally complex, swoon-worthy rom-com.
Over the past few years, the people who have historically been ignored, overlooked and ostracised from rom-coms are now thankfully re-defining the genre. Love, Simon, All The Boys I Loved Before, The Big Sick and The Incredible Jessica James all featured gay characters and/or people of colour. They were witty, intelligent romance tales, showing that love is universal, even if our representation of it indicates otherwise.
And now, there’s Crazy Rich Asians, a rollickingly fun and visually sumptuous exploration of culture, wealth and family. Featuring a majority Asian-American cast – the first studio film since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club to do so – the film embraces all the tropes of a swoon-worthy romance.
Based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book, Constance Wu stars as smart New Yorker Rachel, who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family, only to discover that they’re one of the wealthiest families in the country.