Crazy Rich Asians
Release year: 2018
Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenwriter: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim, Kevin Kwan (based on the novel by)
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr.
Ratings: 2 Golden Globes nominations: Best Actress in Musical/Comedy (Constance Wu), Best Musical/Comedy
When the American-born Chinese professor Rachel (Wu) is invited by her boyfriend Nick (Golding) to travel with him to his hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, she discovers something she didn’t know about him: His family is rich, like in really rich. Nick happens to be one of the most sought-after bachelors and his mother is not happy with the prospect of him marrying an American and on top of that, one that is not rich.
Crazy Rich Asians was promoted as the most hilarious movie of 2018 gaining lots of hype and did very well at the box office, in fact it became the 6th-highest-grossing romantic comedy ever. It isn’t as hilarious as the hype suggested, though it has its moments. When it comes to romantic comedies it is pretty standard, it even has a makeover scene set to pop music, though dressed differently. Because the movie has colourful sets, dresses and characters and it is gorgeous! An over-the-top wedding where the bride walks through water, beautiful mansions and stunning nature, there is plenty to look at and if not the background, there is the gorgeous leads led by Wu (Hustlers, 2019) and Golding (A Simple Favor, 2018) and the magnificent Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000) as the disapproving mother. One would have thought Jeong (The Hangover, 2009) would provide the most laughs, but he is outlaughed by a great Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight, 2018) who is easily the funniest thing in the movie. Golding and Wu have sizzling screen chemistry and especially Wu melts the screen with her emotions in this sweet rom-com.
The novel the movie is based on is the first of a trilogy. The movie adaptation of the second book, China Rich Girlfriend, is currently in pre-production.
Picture copyrights: Warner home Video
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