Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is happy-in-love with her charming boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding). When he invites her along to his best friend’s wedding, she is surprised to discover that he is an über wealthy socialite from one of Singapore’s most notable families. Gossiping sophisticates and wacky relatives threaten Nick and Rachel’s relationship, but their biggest challenge is winning over his mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh).
A stunning cast of actors under the superb direction of Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2), coupled with the brilliant story from Kevin Kwan, make Crazy Rich Asians an absolute delight. It’s the first major motion picture in 25 years to feature an entirely Asian cast and it does not disappoint.
First things first: I was blown away by this amazing group of actors and actresses. Many of them are familiar faces and even those who aren’t, have been in the business for quite some time, putting in the work and I imagine hoping for a film like this one to come along someday.
I think audiences will fall (more) in love with Wu as she delivers such a knock-out performance. She gives off girl-next-door vibes, but portrays Rachel as also being very bright, compassionate and strong. She is no pushover and I really appreciated that. As I was watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of Julia Roberts’ turn in Pretty Woman and how she radiated onscreen. That’s how I felt about Wu in this role. She is a more than capable actress and I hope more opportunities fall into her lap after this film’s success.
Wu’s chemistry with Golding was so natural and charming. Rachel and Nick are the beautiful couple you root for in just about every good romantic comedy. It’s hard not to become enamored with them and hope they make it work in the end.
The supporting actors are just as delightful; Awkwafina portrays Peik Lin, Rachel’s buddy from college and she is a riot. In fact, she was a real scene-stealer and when joined by her onscreen dad Ken Jeong, the laughs really broke out in the theatre.
As Nick’s stern and disapproving mother, Yeoh was a formidable obstacle for the doting young couple. I loved that there were layers to her; she was classy and refined, often putting on airs as if nothing bothered her, but her character turned out to be one of the most vulnerable. I was impressed by how well her character and others were fleshed out when the story’s focus is on Nick and Rachel.
I give all the credit to the director for being able to have so many moving parts in one film, and not dropping anything or missing key pieces of importance. Chu was able to devote the same level of attention and care to the main storyline, as well as carving out moments for smaller storylines. I don’t want to give anything away and you know I’m all about being spoiler-free here at TAC, so I’ll just say that I was impressed and you probably will be too.
The overall look of the film is incredible. From the wardrobe and costume pieces, to the production design, everything just “popped” on the big screen. I loved the use of bright colors and as a social media-obsessed millennial, I couldn’t help but think how Instagram-able every scene was. Especially the homes and yachts of Nick and his cohorts. It’s not called “Crazy Rich” Asians for nothing!
I think many people will see reflections of themselves, their friends, and family in this movie and isn’t that what filmmaking is all about? Bridging the gap between one another and moving forward together? I think so. I highly recommend you see this film as soon as possible. It’s perfect for date night, girls night and even family night!
Crazy Rich Asians is directed by Jon M. Chu and based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. It stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Lisa Lu, Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, and Ken Jeong. Crazy Rich Asians is currently in theaters!
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