This is one British Asian’s POV after seeing Crazy Rich Asians the beginning of October. She’s late to the game but in her defense, the London premiere wasn’t until early September. This is a throwback to Crazy Rich from a British Asian perspective.
Here is a very short snippet of Ella’s audio commentary.
It’s an edited version of the submitted six-minute audio.
The full transcription (also slightly edited) can be found below.
So basically, yeah, I loved it. Really, I thought it was going to be cheesy in the beginning but no, it was really good, it was really funny…not “too much.”
I really obviously identified with the British Asians. I loved Astrid! She was my favourite. She’s so stunning!
I’ve just never seen a film like that before but yeah, obviously it’s surprising that we haven’t–considering that we know a lot of people who are Asian immigrants.
I can’t remember which one it is exactly, but there was an interview of Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, [Henry and Constance] and they were talking about–
Henry was talking about how growing up you’re very torn between two very different cultures–[that are] polar opposites to one another.
And I think it’s so nice now, that it’s gained the traction that it deserves and that the generations [after] us will grow up to have this film to look up to and relate to because….I think it was Constance Wu who [said something like] “I feel–I wish when I was growing up I had films like this….”
It’s crazy how long’s it’s taken!
I just loved it! I went and saw it with my British friend who moved here when she was five and it was really relatable for her too.
In a way, it really made me nostalgic.
My parents aren’t that strict anymore but I can definitely imagine this: [how] in Asia, it’s so rare for someone to live away from home because it’s so true! (laughs) and in the movie, the quote: [putting] passion before family is so true.
In the past few years, I’ve definitely gotten lost….especially at uni, you definitely lose [time] thinking of your family and prioritizing them first because obviously, with the Philippines and some of my friends there, family is always the first thing.
Family is literally your blood, right? And you’ll do anything for them.
I feel like because I’ve been selfish the past few years, the movie put things in perspective for me. It reminds you of your roots.
There’s nothing wrong with putting family first.
There’s nothing wrong with sticking to culture.
Because as [Auntie Eleanor] said in the movie, it was how she managed to maintain the life that they have. It’s all about making sacrifices.
I definitely felt that your life should be about what drives you and what you’re passionate about, but then again, it’s also important to have the people that you love surround you, so I really liked that part of the story.
It was just so relatable. It was so so good and I get what the fuss is about now.
I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD and I get to watch it again.
Ella is a British Filipina living in London. She’s a marketing guru who loves fashion, coffee, movies, world traveling and Cate Blanchett. For more of her adventures, check out her instagram.