Upon seeing the trailer of recently released “Crazy Rich Asians,” one can feel that there may be a paradigm shift in Hollywood. After Marvel’s Black Panther made history with a majorly all- Black cast starring in a comic book movie blockbuster, Crazy Rich Asians could make history with an all-Asian/ Asian- American cast in a romantic comedy.
It shows Asian characters living luxurious lives that can only be compared to Hollywood’s elite. It showed an Asian-American visiting his Asian boyfriends’ rich family on the other side of the world and getting quite the culture shock. Could this mean more Asian cast movies will be seen in Hollywood from now on? We’ve seen Jackie Chan making Hong Kong’s action cinema popular in the West back in the day. Stars like Jet Li crossed over to Hollywood action movies in the last two decades. We’ve even seen classics like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon gain fame in Hollywood.
Crazy Rich Asians’ story is based from the Kevin Kwan novel of the same name. Apparently, it’s based on his family. It’s one movie that reminds one of Bollywood blockbusters which are known to be huge and grandiose in their direction with songs and dances. However, the songs and dances aren’t seen here but the similar type of “bigger is better” theme is showed.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding star in this exciting comedy drama movie and this could be the first of many such movies to take over Hollywood. Michelle Yeoh, a legend in her own right, also has a supporting role. Movies like these allow North American audiences to get a taste of Asian culture. We’ve seen cross-promotional movies featuring Indian, Pakistani and American actors recently which is a sign that Asia is determined to conquer Hollywood. Crazy Rich Americans is currently showing at a movie theater near you and should be quite a fun flick to catch over the weekend.