Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
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Instead the opening scene is the race card being played in such a cringeworthy bogus way that paves for an unbelievable plot right to the end. Another incredible bombshell is that Rachel, the fermale protagonist (Constance Wu) has no idea that her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) comes from a super rich and famous family. It's 2018, she's a cool professor - go feminism but she's has never googled his family - surely a take down on her intelligence. Wu is in superb form in her comedy sitcom but here, she's a stunned deer who gets shoved around.
Then there's how Singaporeans are depicted. The women are all preened and dripping with brand labels. When they are not eyeing the commoner Rachel up and down and gossiping, they are shopping or having crazy parties. I have never heard of Singaporeans partying away into the night and causing scenes. They are one of the most ultra conservative Asians on earth.
The movie has another go at western culture in the dumpling making scene. Chinese parents pass down traditions or values as well as recipes so their children will never resort to microwaving macaroni cheese and feel so much resentment towards their parents to ship them off to nursing homes. A lot of bashing the west but ironically this movie is like Sex and City with a lot of European luxurious brand names dripped throughout. And not to forget these crazy rich Asians also act like westerners and party hard like they're in Magaluf. Spot on!
It's so sad to see my rich culture that already has an excellent film industry pander to Hollywood. Michelle Yeoh is South East Asia's screen legend even way before she ventured into the universally acclaimed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. There are other notable Asians who have been given a platform in Hollywood - Jacky Chan, Gong Li, Ang Li, Lucy Liu. But it seems the complain still remains that Hollywood is whitewashing Asian stories. But if Crazy Rich Asians is what is on offer, I don't blame Hollywood for sourcing other talents.
It's 2018, people of all culture have so many opportunities than before so there's nothing really to complain about. That is if you are one of those people who expect to be rewarded just for turning up or just want to make a lot of money via Hollywood but use the cultural diversity cloak to get more attention.
-poor, scrappy down to earth girl meets super rich guy -family disapproves of scrappy down to earth girl -family and friends try to sabotage relationship -Asians (as if they're all the same) disapprove of the "Americanize" girl's values -Let's sit around the table, learning lessons while making dumplings -Let's sit around the table, learning lessons, while playing mahjong -couple breaks up, man admits he was wrong, proposes marriage, but -she's so noble of character (guess 'cause she's Americanized) she turns him down rather can compromise her values. -eventually the family relents and accepts her ... wee!
It's been years since I've seen a more predictable, formulaic movie. There was nothing unique about this film except the "Asian" part. If the cast was Eurocentric, Afrocentric or anything else, this would not have been made. It's too stupid.
The actors did a fine job, given the stilted nature of the wall-to-wall clichés, and Singapore looked nice, but I felt like my intelligence was being insulted. Frankly, I was embarrassed. This is the equivalent of a movie featuring a family of African Americans sitting around talking about Jazz while eating fried chicken.
For God's sake, unless you think all Asians think and behave alike, don't see this film.
What is really sad that all the people in the cinema are looking at this thinking this is how they want to be not understanding these are gross sham humans as disgusting as Shahs Of Sunset or the Kardashians
- Racist British man who gets put in his place.
- Elitist "everybody" judging each other based on absolutely no merits of their own.
- Rich Asians treating their help like trash
- People living in one of the poorest regions on the planet, celebrating extreme wealth and pissing it away on nothingness.
The whole movie was extremely superficial, and almost every character was very one-dimensional.
I wish they had cut away a few of the characters and gone more in depth with the rest of them.
Singapore is powered by Malays and Indians and this elitist film yellowwashes them mercilessly. I was so sad that the year is 2018 and a segment of the population think it is either "romantic" or "comedy" that women are hungry for money and back stabbing and we have not reached a point to know that less is more.
Three *** Stars for the pretty women
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Firstly, gold digging and being in awe of cash and wealth and material goods and a garden and so forth is so 1989. In today's world class and prestige are not represented by gross material things. Secondly, what is the point of "Asians" who are just like Westerners?? If the so-called Asians are all on Facebook/Instagram and play western piano music and worship the fable that Jesus Christ then it might as well be a film about Jersey Shore louts. Finally, in real life the writer is MIA for his military service. While I do not support the military is it indicative of the writer's privileged Trump-like attitude? I am tired of all these films about wealth and houses and cars and dresses that supposedly warn us away from these wasteful things. No, they are in praise of these wasteful things.
Wow how low Michelle Yeoh has fallen
Watching the film it worried me that it is promoting gold digging and back stabbing. Of course, many say that the film was mocking gold diggers, but if so it was very implicit and many viewers may have missed it. Regardless, they say any publicity is good publicity so either way young (and old) women may watch this and think marrying rich, tall and handsome is more important than marrying a good man. It is a pity if women are attracted to steel, gold and aluminum over humanity.
The film is sourced from a novel. It likely is from the pulp fiction genre.
People who are still worried about driving fatter and fatter cars and being on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, etc are seen as has-beens who believe they have status but are only as hip as MySpace.
Unfortunately this film has done its target market analysis and is feeding the go of those with inferiority complex, material hunger and johnny-come-lately complex and mentality. It includes rich 'Asian', promotes status of those who have money or really really want it (as if) and of course according to the target market analysis and marketing the Asian is beautiful, the Asian is a professor, the Asian is fashionable, etc. all to sell tickets. Well, all these things are ugly and shallow. Beauty and wealth come from within and demonstrated in personality and kindness. MOVIEFAIL
Cons: Gold diggers are pathetic + showing off or accumulating wealth is tacky + what's with the joker pants and 1920s style long skirts?
By the way, a Christian mother who backstabs and front stabs and is into material accumulation lol
Unfortunately, they are 30 years behind the times. The joker suit and the women with the very long prairie skirts are a retro hoot. My goodness/. I guess you cannot buy taste.
I hope to see several of the actors again.
If you answered "A Cliche'd Yawn", you have answered correctly.
This is the perfect movie for a self-obsessed, Kardashian impressed, Insta-Twit generation. The pointless and unrelated opening scene, purely inserted to generate 'western' racial guilt pales in comparison of the overall message that extreme excess is not only acceptable but aspirational. "Greed is Good" summed up the excess of the '80's but at least the moral of Wall Street was 'don't believe it'. CRA's delivers a message that it's fine to live like a self-indulgent narcissist as long as you grudgingly accept someone from a lower socioeconomic class but as long as they are the same ethnicity.