To be honest, what initially interested me in this film was the title. Crazy Rich Asians sounded fun, funny, slyly self-aware, and politically incorrect – which are all concepts I gravitate toward in a film.
I hadn’t really heard anything else about this movie, aside from the absurd “controversies” over pedantic notions like the racial diversity of the all-Asian cast (apparently the actors aren’t diverse enough for some), the displays of over-the-top opulence in the film (it’s called Crazy Rich Asians, isn’t it?), and other superficial, material, identity-obsessed stupidity. It seems that people, especially those obsessed with identity politics, will always find a reason for grievance, even with entertainment that is intended to be a fun, romantic story set within a certain culture.
The fact that people look to film and pop culture for validation is a shallow and disturbing concept in and of itself. But I digress.
Crazy Rich Asians is a very good film – probably the best romantic comedy I’ve seen in quite a while. I had a great time watching it. Is it a “groundbreaking” film as is claimed by critics and others in the purported intelligentsia? No. There have been many great Asian-centric films over the years that have been hits in America and around the world (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, just to name one). It’s a funny romp through a foreign culture from an Asian-American perspective. It’s very sweet in parts and confusing in others, but overall it was a great time at the movies. People just need to get off their prideful, virtue-signaling high-horse, put their color-blind glasses on for one second (if they have any), and just enjoy the story.
Speaking of color-blindness, Crazy Rich Asians has at its core universal themes that every culture and ethnicity can understand. In terms of the greater Truth of God, the film wonderfully displays one of the fundamental facts of life that humanity has been grappling with since the first mother-in-law engaged her son’s beloved in a battle of wills.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Blu-ray reviews, but there just hasn’t been anything worth talking about. But now, we come to the biggest movie of the year. Ten years’ worth of quality films has lead to this moment – and now that moment is on Blu-ray.
Here’s my pick for August 14, 2018.
The Winnie the Pooh stories have been a source of delight for millions of children around the world since author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard published the first Pooh book in 1926. These stories are filled with a childhood whimsy and gentle humor that is very endearing and profound in its simplicity.
Pooh’s notoriety increased exponentially when Walt Disney released his first animated “featurette” based on the Pooh stories in early 1966. And for the last five decades, Pooh has become a lucrative franchise for Disney, with additional films, television shows, merchandise, and theme park attractions based on this property. The Disney version is now firmly set in the public consciousness, with lots of well-earned goodwill and nostalgia saved up.
So it comes as no surprise that Disney is returning to the Hundred Acre Wood with the release of Christopher Robin – a delightful live-action continuation of the animated Disney/Pooh mythos (there’s no connection to the real inspiration for the stories’ little boy, Milne’s son of the same name). It’s exactly what one expects, which is not a bad thing. The film is a warm hug full of winsome moments that will make one coo with delight and make childhood memories surge back. One can’t help but smile when watching this film.
A story cut from the same cloth as Steven Spielberg’s Hook, the titular little boy has grown up, leaving the Hundred Acre Wood and his stuffed friends behind him. Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of life, his friends journey to save him from himself. The film explores one of the oldest themes in modern film and storytelling, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t relevant to our world and culture.
OH, BOTHER…SPOILERS AHEAD!