Beautifully written analysis.
I’m embarrassed to say I shed a couple tears while watching Crazy Rich Asians. It’s a classic Cinderella fairytale. An outsider who stands up for herself.
I’m embarrassed because it’s a romcom (I thought I was harder than that) but more importantly I’m embarrassed because maybe I’m seduced by the obscene elitism that is connected to Rachel’s love interest Nick.
I’m so excited about the film’s success. It’s already carrying an unfair burden so any criticisms of it come off as curmudegeonly.
I’m still trying to unpack my own emotions about the film and I’m not even Asian.
This Hollywood gaze looks back at us all.