Crazy Rich Asians is a voyeuristic glimpse, provided by author Kevin Kwan and now director Jon M. Chu, into the lives of the unfathomably rich and privileged. And while it’s up to viewers to decide how they feel about foreign ‘wealth porn,’ the sheer degree of affluence displayed on screen is enough to make most people’s jaws fall right open.
Many are critical of displays of over-the-top wealth, and it is difficult to navigate the celebration of extreme fortunes when at least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. And yet, people can’t seem to get enough of these lavish displays in popular culture.
Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters today, August 15, and regardless of how you feel about extreme financial privilege, the film does represent the first Hollywood blockbuster to feature an all-Asian cast in 24 years, and that is groundbreaking.