I don't usually go to the movies (can't even remember the last time I went to a movie theater), but Crazy Rich Asians was one that I've been wanting to watch since I saw the trailer few months back. I've always enjoyed rom-com so this one is right up my alley. Coincidentally, the movie was released around our birthdays so the opening weekend was a perfect timing for a movie date.
I didn't read the book and went into the movie theater with zero expectations. No doubt there was a lot of hype about it, but we both really enjoyed the movie. The director, Jon Chu definitely did a great job incorporating a lot of unique aspects about that part of the world in the movie - the food, heritage, culture, language, architecture, scenery, etc.
To me, this movie isn't about representation or an all-Asian cast. Like what Henry Golding said, "Growing up in Malaysia, there wasn't really a problem with representation. We saw faces like ours on screen." For me, it's about Malaysian pride. I'm just very proud to see Malaysia and Malaysians being portrayed on the big screen in Hollywood (in a good way). P.S. A lot of the filming took place in Malaysia and two of the main cast, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding are from Malaysia.
In a way (minus the crazy rich part), we could totally relate to Nick and Rachel's experiences when hubby traveled to Malaysia to "see where I grew up, meet my family, my Ah Ma", for the first time in 2010. Now that hubby has traveled to Malaysia for a few times, there are even more in the movie that he could relate to.
29 August 2008: Massive throwback to our first meeting. How much have changed, how much remained the same.
I thought this movie was fitting to celebrate our 10th year of knowing each other and gave us the opportunity to walk down memory lane. Here are a 10 things in the movie we enjoyed and could absolutely relate to:
2. Changi vs. JFK airport
3. It's HOT (and humid) there
4. Singapore's skyline
5. Eat eat eat
6. Langkawi Island
7. Mahjong scene
Screenshot: Warner Bros. Pictures. Dec 2013: Pre-wedding photoshoot at Blue Mansion, Penang.
The symbolic mahjong scene between Rachel and Eleanor was filmed in Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Blue Mansion) in Penang. This was one of the locations for our pre-wedding photoshoot in 2013. =)
9. Michelle Yeoh
Screenshot: Warner Bros. Pictures. Proud to be Malaysian...hahaha...no shame! =P
Interestingly, hubby's favorite Asian actress was Michelle Yeoh and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was one of his favorite movies. This was before we even knew each other. In fact, he didn't even know that Michelle Yeoh is also a Malaysian until I told him. As for me, I 'thick-faced-ly' answered Michelle Yeoh as the famous person who reminds me of myself in the questionnaire I submitted for our Amazing Race application...haha! She definitely makes us Malaysians proud, and perfectly carried the role of Eleanor Young. I'm glad my MIL was not like Eleanor...hahaha!
10. "Pursuing one's passion...how American"
This classic line by Eleanor was sarcastic, but yet so true. I may be generalizing but most Asian parents want their children to study medicine, law, engineering, or accounting. That's because they know you're pretty much secured a job upon graduating. Hubby was given the freedom to study what he liked ('passion') but he wished he studied something that's easier to find a job, like me. =P Based on my personal experience, I certainly prefer the realistic Asian approach, get a degree that will secure you a job first, pursue your passion later. A good example is Gemma Chan (Astrid), she graduated with a law degree from University of Oxford, but chose to pursue an acting career after.