Crazy Rich Asians Review. The new hit romcom about an American-born Chinese woman who travels to Singapore for her boyfriend’s best friend’s wedding, and finds out the bf’s family is obscenely rich, and her possible future mother-in-law also doesn’t approve of her at all. The movie stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Chris Pang, Lisa Lu and Ken Jeong. It was directed by Jon M. Chu, written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, and it’s based on the 2013 novel (of the same name) by Kevin Kwan.
The film has gotten almost unanimously positive reviews from critics, and it’s also a surprise hit at the Box Office as well. I think it’s great to see a hit movie starring an entirely minority cast (including a woman of color in the lead), and it’s also nice to see that it’s well made and effective as well. It’s not quite as good as all the hype (and positive reviews) make it out to be though, because it’s a cliched and predictable romcom obviously, but it’s still decent and entertaining enough I’d say.
Good: The scenery and setting are gorgeous filled with vibrant colors depicting the wealthy lifestyle of the families. For the most part, the acting is solid, but can get over the top in order to portray extravagantly rich family stereotypes. The film is well paced and the editing helps provide an upbeat and entertaining tone. There are some nods to Asian culture, and the film will resonate with younger as well as older generations.
Bad: There is minimal originality or creativity in the storyline. Some jokes try too hard and end up falling flat. The movie is generic and the story does not differ much from other romantic comedies.
Overall: The film does a solid job with an all Asian cast and provides eye pleasing scenes. The story line is common to other romantic comedies. The main thing making it fresh is the cast and cultural introductions. Asians will be pleased with the humorous winks and appreciate their REPRESENTATION within the movie.