Let’s take a dive into the vibrant world of Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians.
The film, based on the global bestselling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, guides us through the story of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor. She travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to attend his best friend’s wedding. The trip also turns out to be a chance for Nick’s family to meet Rachel for the first time. But what Rachel finds out is Nick hasn’t been completely upfront about his upbringing. His family is extraordinarily wealthy and, meanwhile, his family finds out Rachel hails from a more common background. Adding to this, Rachel also discovers that Nick is one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors, instantly placing a target on her back. It’s the ultimate test of love as Rachel and Nick must overcome jealously and his overtly disapproving mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh).
Man, oh man, did I enjoy this film. It grabbed my attention from the beginning, with a sleek and lavish flow to it that paid homage to its subject matter. Crazy Rich Asians provided a unique (and much needed) perspective on ages old storylines of familial relationships and love - with juuust the right amount of humor sprinkled in. One character who brought plenty of comedic moments was Awkwafina’s Peik Lin Goh, Rachel’s BFF, with hilarious comments on everything from Rachel’s relationship to what she was wearing. My favorite: “You kind of look like a slutty Ebola virus.” Awkwafina, heck, the entire cast eloquently gave their characters life and made me believe in the story they were telling.
On a personal note, it was cool seeing Charles Grounds with a role in the film. I’ve been a fan of Charles since seeing him in the NBC comedy Camp. He is totally awesome and really treats his supporters like family. Congrats dude!
Lastly, the film presented a profound message which I’m always a sucker for (slight spoiler forthcoming). If Eleanor had looked at herself as opposed to thumbing her nose at Rachel and her “commoner” upbringing every chance she got, she would have discovered that they actually had more in common than once perceived. Crazy Rich Asians is a must see. So much so, I plan on seeing it again which, as you know if you’ve followed my blog, is a hard task for a film to get this reviewer to do.
I Give It An: A+