Seriously, go see it. So, we here at U Magazine went to the Crazy Rich Asians premiere and it’s seriously all we can talk about.
For those of you that may have been living under a rock, Crazy Rich Asians is the romantic comedy that took America by storm. It made $34 million (that’s about €29.5 million) in its first weekend in the US, marking it the biggest opening for a comedy since Girls Trip. Warner Brothers also moved the Irish release date nearly two months earlier than originally planned and here’s why…
So, we have to admit, we were a little skeptical going into this cos it’s very rare that a romcom actually has the “com”, BUT we can confirm, this is gas. We found ourselves cackling so much that we nearly had an accident and we’re blaming this character - Goh Peik Lin (played by Awkwafina). She’s the main character’s BFF and she is everything we want to be.
It’s kinda groundbreaking
In many ways, Crazy Rich Asians is the first big picture to have a majority Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club which was released in 1993. Yup, it’s taken 25 years for Hollywood to create a film that has some diversity. But not only are we applauding the film for the cast, it also represents the clash between Asian culture and Asian-American culture. We left the cinema shouting YAAAS for Crazy Rich Asians.
It’s Got the Best Soundtrack
So, speaking of groundbreaking, the soundtrack is on par with the film. Just like the film brings Asian actors to the limelight, the soundtrack does the same as it’s made up of 14 songs all by Asian artists. It’s got every kinda genre you could want from pop to jazz to rap to classical Chinese. The majority of the songs are sung in an Asian language which is just divine, but the real cherry of the soundtrack are the covers of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ and Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ which are also sung in the Chinese language. We’ve had it on repeat all morning, tbh.
It’s Plot Is Everything
It’s as if Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet had a baby. The story follows New Yorker, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she meets her boyfriend’s (Nick Young played by Henry Golding) family for the first time. The pair flies to Singapore for a friend’s wedding where Rachel soon learns that Nick forgot to mention he’s the scion to one of Asia’s wealthiest family. Rachel doesn’t come from a super-rich background meaning she’s instantly the enemy to Nick’s family. You’re getting that classic poor girl meets rich boy and fall in love story AND that classic boy’s family disapprove of girl story...what more could you want?!
It’s got the most BEAUTIFUL cast
They are seriously all so stunning in this movie. We were either drooling over how handsome Henry Golding is or crying because we don’t look like Gemma Chan.
It’s gonna make you want to hop on the next flight to Singapore
It truly is a postcard from Singapore. It showcases the sophistication that the country has to offer with its lavish living but also brings it down to earth with scenes based around the famous street food. *BRB, we’re looking up flights to Singapore*
It serves some serious looks
From the casual everyday scenes to the big parties, the glamour is endless. Once it was made headlines that Crazy Rich Asians was being turned into a film designer like Ralph Lauren, Mary Vogt, Missoni and Marchessa were all super eager to have their clothes featured in the film. And if lavish designers aren’t enough to float your fashion-loving boat, there’s a classic makeover scene too.
It gives you ALL the feels
It’s an emotional rollercoaster. You’re gonna laugh, you’re gonna be shocked, you’re gonna get angry and you’re most definitely gonna cry. Pop a packet of tissues in your bag ‘cos trust us, you’re gonna need them.
It’s Chrissy Teigen’s fav
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What can I really say about this movie that hasn’t been said by absolutely everyone who has seen it. I’ve been excited to see this since production was announced but I could have never imagined how wonderful it would be. I planned on seeing it, making a few jokes about how it checked all the boxes for me (CRAZY ☑️ RICH ☑️ ASIAN ☑️) but the feeling I got during the credits, watching John dance with my little black asian mashup baby bear luna tunes, was a feeling I haven’t had at the end of any other movies. Luna, aside from being blown away by the general movie-going experience (yep she’s 13 now, time flies) looked up at @constancewu’s mother and yelled “yāy!” (“Grandma” in thai) because she saw someone who looked like her yāy. Someone beautiful and aspirational. It was something that simple that made my heart just...warm. That made me happy. It made me happy to see this over the top story done from so many angles, some I could totally understand because of my own confusing Asian American upbringing. I loved it all, from the quieter moments of talking around the table of sacrifice and past hardships to the spectacle of the bachelor party. Finding that I could cry watching the most over the top aisle walk on the planet. You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it’s like to be represented. And represented by all different types of characters with all different types of personalities, just like any other great movie. Also aside from all that, it’s just colorful, fun and big as fuck. God I love a rom com. God I loved it all. Thank you guys for making this movie.
If you don’t want to take our word for it...then take Chrissy Teigen’s cos when is she ever wrong?
Crazy Rich Asians hits Irish Cinemas on Friday, September 14.
Here's the trailer:
What do you reckon? Will you be headed out to the cinema this weekend?
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