I had heard the hype around Crazy Rich Asians, which made me want to send somebody else to review the film. I was pleasantly surprise that I fell in love with this chick flick Cinderella type story. Crazy Rich Asians is this summer’s most buzzed-about films and for good reason. This is the first major Hollywood studio release starring an all–Asian American cast since The Joy Luck Club in 1993. This adaptation of Kevin Kwan best-selling series is highly charismatic.
The story follows Rachel Chu (the adorable Constance Wu), who’s boyfriend Nick Young (the hotter that hot Henry Golding), has invited her to Singapore to a wedding and to meet his family. What she doesn’t know is his family is real estate royalty. His family is so rich that when his mother, is insulted by the manager of a fancy London hotel, buys it.
Unbeknownst to Rachel, the girl from a single parent and an economics professor at N.Y.U., no matter what she does Nick’s family is going to disapprove. She does not have the right pedigree.
Rachel is put through the tests of love and passes every thing done to her with flying colors. At Colin’s (Chris Pang) boyhood friend Nick’s bachelor party, Nick is told of the hell’s that Rachel will face. At his fiancée’s, Araminta (Sonoya Mizuno), bachelorette party the games begin with Amanda (Jing Lusi), but bonds with Nick’s cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) help give Rachel courage. Astrid’s husband, Michael (Pierre Png), like Rachel, an outsider and insecure about his wife’s insane amount of money. This is nothing compared to Nick’s family. Nick’s mother, Eleanor (the excellent Michelle Yeoh), hates her, Nick’s grandmother (Su Yi) forbids an alliance, his aunties dissaprove, and a witty gay cousin (Nico Santos) just wants to help. Comic relief is provided by Rachel’s friend Peik Lin Goh (the scene-stealing Awkwafina), and her nouveau riche parents (Ken Jeong and Koh Chieng Mun), who are the epitome of tacky.
The movie confronts issues of tradition, family duty, individualism and the insane wealth spent, such as Astrid’s million-dollar earrings, and Colin and Araminta’s $40 million wedding.
The cinematography by Vanja Cernjul, production design by Nelson Coates and set decorator Andrew Baseman make Singapore and the opulent sets seem magical.
Director Jon M. Chu, has given us a feel good movie that has you leaving the theatre, happy with hope.This is a must see for the romantics, the dreamers and those who are just so sick of the manipulation.