We empathize and identify with the protagonists in films. But what happens when the lead is rarely a person of color?
Creating a Framework
Voting with Dollars
Some films that switch things up.
Crazy Rich Asians
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Crazy Rich Asians
Incluvie Score: +5
Crazy Rich Asians. The title sounds crass, but the actual movie is both heartwarming and cosmopolitan. After all, it takes place in Singapore!
The first thing about this movie is to disregard the title. It’s terrible — Crazy Rich Asians is an awful name. It misrepresents the whole vibe of the story. The title conveys a superficial movie that is geared only towards Asian people. The movie couldn’t be further from the truth. I know the movie was based off the book with the same title, but I’m worried it’ll drive people away with such a name!
This is such a wholesome story for everyone, with themes that dabble amongst feeling incompetent, to remembering to believe in yourself, to the intriguing male ego, to the Cinderella story. There was just so much heart, culture, and significance that went into this story. It radiated an unexpected amount of truth for just a little rom-com film.
Black Panther was obviously an epic movie and big hit! It was the highest-earning superhero movie of all time in the US!
It's pretty clear that Black Panther has more meaning for race and diversity than your average Marvel superhero movie. This movie meant a lot in terms of black pride and representation.
Personally, I loved the diversity and representation. However, I disliked how the plot centered on a Wakanda-Wakanda conflict. I realize that this movie was based off a Marvel comic, but I wish Marvel could’ve picked a different storyline for the first Black Panther movie. Many people take Wakanda to represent beautiful Africa.
The Jedi Order is all but extinct. The next generation of rebels go on a quest to find Luke Skywalker who has become a hermit committed to letting the order go extinct. The evil empire has reorganized into the First Order and is spreading dominion across the universe with non-discriminatory destruction. It is a classic plot of good trying to rebel against the growing oppression of evil spreading.
Diversity Review: Many of the holdover characters from when the series started in 1978 reflect Hollywood biases of that time. The Last Jedi reflects an inclusive cast of characters representing a cosmopolitan sampling of race and gender as main characters. The positive rating is given because the series shows a progression of character development that empowers the spirit of diversity within the make-up of the next generation of heroes.