Always Be My Maybe will make you laugh and cry all at once.
This post for Always Be My Maybe is spoiler-free.
Always Be My Maybe (2019, directed by Nahnatchka Khan) is an Asian-American love story featuring Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park). Set in San Francisco (one of the cities in the United States with a significant Asian population), the movie takes us through the childhood and adulthood of the two main characters.
This movie feels like one of the rom-coms by Netflix that could have made it big at the box office. Not only did Always Be My Maybe hit the mark for all the compulsory rom-com tropes, it also contributed to the rising trend of placing actors of Asian descent in leading roles.
Always Be My Maybe felt inclusive of minority communities, as it featured many actors of colour and even managed to include a LGBTQ character. Also who doesn’t like an extended cameo from Keanu Reeves (who plays himself in the movie)? 🤭
Even though its narrative is predictable and nothing out of the ordinary, the movie still stands out with its cleverly written dialogue and characters, which were co-written by Wong and Park together with Micheal Golamco.
Wong’s Sasha is a strong, independent and successful woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t let her successes overshadow her partner. Park’s Marcus is a funny, filial, and driven character who knows how to cheer on his partner. Together, they form a couple that is both supportive and idealistic to audiences.
However, although Always Be My Maybe may have a clear focus for its main characters, the supporting characters suffer from being underdeveloped as there were many plot points left unaddressed. Many things were left up in the air for both Sasha’s and Marcus’ parents, as audiences never really got to see the full scope of their characters.
Even though there is a rising trend in Hollywood where more movies about Asian people are being made, what I hope to see in the future is for Asian actors to have a more significant role in other movie genres—such as drama, action, comedy and more—rather than just romantic comedies. One such example would be Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan, which will definitely be highly anticipated by Asians everywhere in the world.
Always Be My Maybe is definitely a good choice for a nice weekend movie. It hits all the right notes of a rom-com and will certainly make you laugh-out-loud.