Plenty of talk regarding cultural representation will surround Crazy Rich Asians, much as it did Black Panther.

It would be disingenuous to say Hollywood power brokers have paid requisite attention to minority audiences throughout the years. If they had, a genre called blaxploitation would never have existed.

However, that representation in film is partially diminished when just anything is produced.

Black Panther almost bore the weight of being a Marvel film. It had to be good.

As the first film with a primarily Asian cast to open in American theaters in a quarter century, Crazy Rich Asians faces the same daunting task.

It won’t make Panther-type cash, but it’s plenty good as a modern take on a Cinderella story.

Its strength lies in the diversity of its characters.

Yes, the audience is given a look, primarily, at Asia’s version of 1 percenters — those with enough money to paper their mansion walls with Ben Franklins, but we’re also given a look at characters across a broad spectrum, from a working, single mother who fled China for America and found her success and happiness to her daughter — Rachel (Constance Wu) — who is an economics professor at New York University, living an amazing life.

Rachel’s existence includes dating the perfect guy, Nick Young (Henry Golding), a handsome guy who is prepared to take her to meet her family and friends in Singapore for a wedding they will all be attending.

It’s in this situation Rachel, courtesy of her friend Peik (Akwafina), who she visits after landing in the island nation learns that Nick and his family, huge in the real estate development game, are akin to royalty.

Awkward.

Nick is as unpretentious as they come and so are many of his friends and family — except his mother, Eleanor (the ever great Michelle Yeoh). Icicles hang from Eleanor whenever Rachel’s around. She wants nothing really to do with her and wants her baby boy to feel the same.

Rachel, however, is his “one” and there’s little that can keep them apart — even a group of boorish spoiled-brat friends. Although they certainly try. And therein lies Asians’ strength.

The audience wants to see them together.

It’s been billed as rom-com, but Crazy Rich Asians can hold its own in the drama department, also. In that regard it’s a rare film that can walk a tightrope between the two genres and get away with it, giving the audience just enough laughs mixed with just the right number of tears.

Wu, intelligent, charming and personable, deserves much of the credit for that fact along with the fact that she and Golding possess uncanny chemistry that’s hard to find on screen.

And the cast of characters: a plethora of personalities each bringing something to the table. They’re not exactly crazy, but they’re certainly fun.

Cinderella gets a welcome refresh with Crazy Rich Asians. Enjoy it.

George M. Thomas can be reached at gthomas@thebeaconjournal.com.