Let’s talk about what will be known at the best comedy of 2018. Yes, I said it! THE BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR and I don’t even know if that was the goal of this movie, but to everyone who worked on this film, take that W! In this review, I will tell you why you should run and not walk to see this movie. That’s right. RUN DON’T WALK!
Let’s start with the obvious. It’s an all Asian cast. Let’s be honest, when’s the last time we’ve seen a movie with an all Asian cast. We Americans could probably only name two or three people from this cast. I know I only recognized two people. So that in itself is a reason to go see this film.
The plot of the film, I’m going to be honest, is basic. Girl meets guy. They fall in love. Guy hasn’t introduced girl to family. Guy decides to do so before his best friend’s wedding. It’s a movie we’ve all seen before but here’s the twist. This is based in Asian culture…more or less. Yup, mommy dearest does not like Rachel (Constance Wu from Fresh off the Boat and Richmond, Va. One time for my city!). But it’s not a simple as you may think.
See, the guy, Nick Young (Henry Golding), is rich and I mean RICH. Throw all or what you think you know about being rich out the window. These people are buy a country rich. These people are children of people who are the reason why the people know are rich are rich. I’ll explain later.
I’ll start with what I didn’t care for in the film because the list is short. I didn’t care about his sister…at all. It was nice to add her a juxtaposition to what was going on with her brother and his girlfriend but they were boring. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
SPOILER ALERT: The following paragraph or so will be about the most beautiful scene in the entire film. If you want to be surprised by this scene, skip ahead. So here we go. Nick’s best friend is getting married. They both look like perfectly normal people. They are not. These two are RICH! So this is the wedding scene. From the outside looking in, it looks pretty normal. The groomsmen are lined up at the alter and her dad walks her out to the top of the aisle. The dress is GORGEOUS! I am in awe. Then, there was a cut to water running down the aisle. At this point, I am thoroughly confused AND THEN…AND THEN, it all comes together. The bride arches her foot forward and we see that one, she has no shoes on and two, her whole leg is covered in gold leaf material. AND THEN SHE STEPS INTO THE WATER! The aisle is basically a little river and she literally walks through the water to her groom. I have seen a lot of weddings in movies and in TV shows but nothing, and I mean nothing, quite like this. This is hands down the best wedding every in any media PERIOD (fight…me).
In just describing that scene, you should feel compelled to go see this scene in person. When this movies comes out on DVD, I will be buying it. It deserves to be in my collection.
It is not every day that we get to see a FULL CAST OF ASIANS in a movie that’s set in Asia. You also get a lesson in culture. Entertainment AND a lesson! You just shouldn’t skip it. We (I’m talking to Black people now) kick and scream all the time about not seeing ourselves in movies and television, but what about other races? They want to see themselves too and we need to support them just as much as we support ourselves.