Every Family Has Its Crazy
The teaser for Crazy Rich Asians came out a few days ago with it teasing to today's release and I've been re-watching it over and over again. And then tonight, a few hours after The Royal Baby is delivered, we get more goodies. What is up with April 23?! It's everything. This trailer is everything.
I've never been one of those folks who get disappointed by a book being turned into a movie because I have ZERO IMAGINATION. I cannot for the life of me dream up things in my head. And so I always welcome movie adaptations cause it's an easy way for me to imagine the book. It's silly, I know. So take all of this with a grain of salt. I am the easiest to please. Still, I know I have to finish reading the book soon.
It's also pretty amazing that this movie is really big on Asian representation. There aren't a lot of it in general in Hollywood -- what with the whitewashing and the general insertion of western culture in all things Asian so it's super duper refreshing to get an all Asian cast and know the director Jon Chu is also of Asian descent. It's only recently that Asians have gotten more representation on American TV with Fresh off the Boat which is always entertaining. Which then leads me to the Constance Wu who is so amazing on that show.
It's so lovely to see Constance in a non-mom role. At 36, she plays a mom of 3 kids on Fresh off the Boat and though that's believable (I mean, my mom had all 6 kids at 36, remember?) but I'm excited to see her portray a young single girl in this era. She's such a joy to watch on TV and in interviews and I'm just super psyched for her in this role.
Then there's Henry Golding who I had never seen prior to this film but upon sleuthing and talking about this movie on end with friends, I realize I know people who have met him! How insane is that. This isn't Kevin Bacon degrees of separation but who knew. He's also pretty good looking and that accent is to die for. Their newness to the talkshow circuit is evident but adorable. I am excited for their chemistry. The trailer is giving me all the feels.
Also, Michelle Yeoh is freaking me out. She looks like a really stricth matriarch that I wouldn't want to be a daughter-in-law of. She scares me. Which is good, cause I'm sure this character is going to be a big challenge for Constance's character. Can someone spoil me about the happy ending please?
But most of all, I don't think I've ever lived in a city where a big cultural thing (like a movie or book) was set and that was brought to life on screen (yes, there was that tiny chase scene in the Bourne Legacy), but honestly, I'm so giddy for this movie because every other scene is something in Singapore that looks familiar or somewhere I've actually been.
Is this how Broad City or Sex and the City fans who live in New York feel -- or anyone who lives in New York when they watch movies about New York feel?! Or LA? or Paris? Or Tokyo?! Or any of the big major cities where all the movies get shot all the time. There are like 10 million shots of the Marina Bay Sands because hello, Singapore skyline.
Clearly I need to get on finishing this book already. Goal: finish the first book before this movie shows in August. I have to be honest and haven't been the best at reading books, lately. I can do that, right?