I have to admit, the major reason why I wanted to watch the movie Crazy Rich Asian was because I wanted to see Kris Aquino, my country’s mega queen of media. But since the lavish movie was so engaging, I almost forgot the reason why I wanted to see it. Until she appeared in her beautiful yellow gown playing the role of the ultra-rich and toffee-nosed character of Princess Intan.
Crazy Rich Asian is such a heartwarming movie. I was actually teary-eyed in some of the scenes because it featured cultural elements that seem so close to my being. Also, I was so happy to see this delightful movie because at last Asian characters are on the lead (not mere sidekicks) and Asian actors are not performing the gag-worthy Hollywood martial arts scenes. I am actually considering this film an Asian celebration!
I may not be crazy rich (because I am a crazy reject Asian) but I nevertheless saw bits and pieces of me in numerous characters of the movie, the gutsy-ness of Rachel Chu, the being-a-friend-to-depend-on of Peik Lin, the softheartedness of Nick Young and of course the bitchiness of Eleanor Sung-Young.
I was at awe when Kris Aquino appeared and was glad to know how pivotal her role was. But the movie’s characters and its message made me further love this film. I laughed with the characters, I cried with the characters and I fell in love with the characters! The movie clearly screams that though there would be headaches and hurdles, you can chase your own happiness even without sacrificing your values and tradition.