Awkwafina won a Golden Globe for this picture. Her name should have been in the Oscar mix as well. The layers of cultural issues, personal conflicts as a family fake gathers for a wedding, but are really gathering to bid one of their elder Matriarchs farewell as she has lung cancer, but in Chinese culture, they don't tell the person they have cancer, they lie to them. There is way more going on here than just the cancer subplot, and the wedding sequence alone is something to behold (one of the most depressing weddings ever depicted on film). Easily on my best of 2019 list.
I haven't seen THE ROCK probably since the early 2000s. Maybe not even in full since 1996.
When I was first working in script development, THE ROCK was one of the first scripts I read as an intern while at Universal. The script was great. I had issues with the picture though back then. Found it bloated and pompous in a bad way.
Now though, 24 years later, all the things that made me dislike it back then (and to…