The upcoming all-Asian film “Crazy Rich Asians” has reaped considerable success, with a 77 out of 100 rating on Metacritic, as well as 21 total positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, earning it a 100 percent fresh rating, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The storyline of “Crazy Rich Asians” was adapted from the novel by Kevin Kwan. It tells the story of a woman from New York, who flies to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy but judgmental family.
The film, which premiered in Los Angeles on Aug. 7, is the first Hollywood studio movie in 25 years with an only-Asian cast.
Ross Butler, a Singapore actor, tweeted about the film after the premiere.
“Just watched #CrazyRichAsians last night and I am so filled with pride. Finally a movie that made me feel badass, funny, and sophisticated while staying true to Asian culture. Even if you aren’t Asian, you will find yourself in these characters. SEE. THIS. MOVIE. SEE. THIS. MOVIE”
Just watched #CrazyRichAsians last night and I am so filled with pride. Finally a movie that made me feel badass, funny, and sophisticated while staying true to Asian culture. Even if you aren't Asian, you will find yourself in these characters. SEE. THIS. MOVIE. SEE. THIS. MOVIE
— Ross Butler (@RossButler) August 8, 2018
“It’s not a movie,” director Jon M. Chu said to the audience at the premiere, according to CBS. “It’s a movement.”
Nancy Wang Yuen, a writer for Reel Inequality, has been following the film closely.
“It is diverse when you look at it in the scope and context of Hollywood, which is predominantly white.”
However, she also pointed out, “But in terms of representing all of Asians and Asian Americans, it doesn’t hit that mark. It is a very specific story to a specific enclave,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post.
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) August 10, 2018
The movie’s lead actress, Constance Wu, wrote on her Twitter account, “#CrazyRichAsians opens August 15th. Read below to understand why it means so much to so many people. All love. @CrazyRichMovie @FreshOffABC@WarnerBrosEnt.”
She attached a photo of a letter she wrote to everyone, talking about her journey before she was able to be part of “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Wu once worked as a waitress for 10 years, and she knows “Crazy Rich Asians” can’t represent every Asian American. She wrote, “We’re not all the same, but we all have a story,” and that “Immigrants stories are the stories of dreams, of love, of sacrifice, of courage, of honor.”
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) August 1, 2018
“Crazy Rich Asians” opens in theaters on August 15, also starring Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and other Asian American actors.