The movie Crazy Rich Asian continues to top the US box office for the 2nd week. Since its opening, it is estimated that the movie has generated 76.8 million in the US market and that number is not stopping just yet. Other than the cash, both praises and criticisms are flowing in too.
During the two weeks, many celebrities took the opportunity to catch the film too. Let see what they have to say about the film.
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.
In her post, Chrissy has nothing but love and appreciation for the film. Chrissy, who is half Thai, felt that the Asian side of her is finally being represented. To her, the film is a celebration of her Asian roots.
Wow. Theatre was packed for #crazyrichasians Didn’t know what to expect. But it blew my socks off. Holy crap. What an awesome movie!! Haven’t seen a movie that good in a long, long time.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) August 19, 2018
Chris Pratt is also one of the celebrities that watched the film. We all know how important the film is for all Asians in the US. At the same time, it is nice to see that not only Asians but everyone seems to be enjoying the film.
You’re 25 years old.
You see a movie with an all-asian cast at a screening and for some reason you’re crying and you can’t stop. You’ve never seen a cast like this in Hollywood. Everyone is beautiful.
You’re so happy you’re Chinese. #CrazyRichAsians #RepresentationMatters
— Kimberly Yam (@kimmythepooh) August 18, 2018
The most viral tweet about Crazy Rich Asian was by Kimberly Yam, Asian Voices editor for HuffPost. She shared on Twitter, her own story of growing up as Chinese in a white-dominated society, and how she finally got to accept herself at the age of 25. To back up the importance of having media representation, Kimberly brought up a concept called ‘symbolic annihilation’. It means that when one is not represented in the fictional world, your social existence in the real world is not symbolically validated and you start to question if the society values you as an individual.
While Asians do get cast in Hollywood movies, they are usually cast as emasculated characters like nerds, tech geeks or someone of low economy statues. However, In this movie, Asians of all characters and types are represented here and there. This movie is not a solution for racism in both Hollywood and around the world, but it is a start for movie makers and investors to understand that even with all non-while casts, money is going to flood in as well. It creates opportunities for more minority ethnics to be represented instead of being stereotyped in mainstream media.
Many questioned the representativeness of the movie as the casts are not pure Asians or that they don’t look Asian enough. In fact, the movie is not representative of Asian culture at all unless you are that top 0.05% of Asian in terms of wealth. However, who gets to decide how an Asian should look like? Just a while back, there was this famous DNA test for ancestry that many Youtubers were making videos about. The test will reveal your ethnic groups and geographic regions you originated from. Of course, many of them are made of bits and pieces from everywhere, even places that they have never heard of. This goes to show that our ethnic groups are not be judged based on how we look like and you shouldn’t be a bully of a racial episode.
At the end of the day, you just got to know that it is a great movie, and you should watch it like I did 🙂