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5 Thoughts We Had While Watching Crazy Rich Asians

Aside from the fact that the fashion was fabulous
Connie Leung
23 Sep
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A rom-com isn’t usually what I’d go to the cinema for, and I hadn’t read the book by Kevin Kwan, but I wanted to support the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast so, last night, I went to see Crazy Rich Asians with my sister.
Pre-movie, we diligently fulfilled our stereotype by sneaking takeaway rice bowls into the cinema and joked about being the ‘Crazy Hungry Asians’ - we finished all our snacks before the previews ended!

1. Mum’s the word
In one of the first scenes, the crazy-rich Nick Young and his girlfriend unknowingly have their picture snapped by a socialite who instantly circulates the image via her social network. One of the text responses prompted by the photo was “Does his Mother know?”. Mother, with a capital M... I thought that was an apt but subtle touch that painted the first impression of her as an authority figure.

2. They did our food proud
I was stoked with how they showcased the food. Being a ‘Crazy Hungry Asian’, I figuratively drooled at the sight of the delicious, authentic-looking street food when the couple had their first meal in Singapore. The rest of the food scenes were even more incredible, with an abundance of luxurious crustaceans, an extravagant seven-tiered wedding cake and an elaborately-carved winter melon bowl containing my favourite - winter melon soup.

News
|23 Sep|3 mins

5 Thoughts We Had While Watching Crazy Rich Asians

Aside from the fact that the fashion was fabulous
Connie Leung
23 Sep
Share:

A rom-com isn’t usually what I’d go to the cinema for, and I hadn’t read the book by Kevin Kwan, but I wanted to support the first Hollywood movie in 25 years with an all-Asian cast so, last night, I went to see Crazy Rich Asians with my sister.
Pre-movie, we diligently fulfilled our stereotype by sneaking takeaway rice bowls into the cinema and joked about being the ‘Crazy Hungry Asians’ - we finished all our snacks before the previews ended!

1. Mum’s the word
In one of the first scenes, the crazy-rich Nick Young and his girlfriend unknowingly have their picture snapped by a socialite who instantly circulates the image via her social network. One of the text responses prompted by the photo was “Does his Mother know?”. Mother, with a capital M... I thought that was an apt but subtle touch that painted the first impression of her as an authority figure.

2. They did our food proud
I was stoked with how they showcased the food. Being a ‘Crazy Hungry Asian’, I figuratively drooled at the sight of the delicious, authentic-looking street food when the couple had their first meal in Singapore. The rest of the food scenes were even more incredible, with an abundance of luxurious crustaceans, an extravagant seven-tiered wedding cake and an elaborately-carved winter melon bowl containing my favourite - winter melon soup.

Image via IMDB

3. The soundtrack was the perfect mix of cultures
The movie featured cover versions of English pop hits reworked with Chinese lyrics. The covers included Money That’s What I Want made famous by The Beatles, Madonna’s Material Girl and Coldplay’s Yellow. The song choices were spot on and the result was a clever blend of Asian and American cultures.

4. The fashion was next-level
The fashion, of course, was fabulous. The most impressive look would have to be Araminta’s wedding dress, literally walking on water down the aisle - apparently it took three weeks and 30 people to hand-embroider Swarovski crystals onto the bodice. My favourite outfit, however, was Peik Lin’s Stella McCartney animal-print PJs.

5. Mahjong is badass
I should learn to play it properly.

Image via IMDB

Connie Leung
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