Director: Jon M. Chu
Writer/s: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim (screenplay by), Kevin Kwan (based on the novel “Crazy Rich Asians” by)
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, and more.
The movie that continues to defy the odds and take the world by storm. Early on, I only recognized the title because, c’mon, it is a funny title, but I never looked into the film. Then, I started reading headlines and started to see it be presented widespread across the country and the world. Headlines stated that a film like this is not made often, nor is it ever really successful. Another headline that I came to appreciate was about Netflix trying to purchase this film but head honchos declined, stating they wanted to give a large scale platform to these Asian actors. Now, here we are a handful of weeks after release with the film killing the box office and also being stamped for a sequel. It took me awhile, but I finally got around to catching “Crazy Rich Asians” in theaters and just had to finally understand what the buzz was about. Well, here we go!
“This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follow native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.”
“Crazy Rich Asians”, if you have not already looked or knew about, is a romantic comedy. Now, I enjoy romantic comedies, I enjoy just about any film and would give anything a chance. This film may very well be one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time now. I say this not only in the quality of the film, also not only in the entertainment I took in it, but also for how much this film hit home to me. So call me a bit biased but I accept that.
To begin we will look primarily at the entertainment. “Crazy Rich Asians” does an amazing job at mixing all kinds of different elements throughout the film. It is hilarious, dramatic, heartwarming, tear-jerking, and even so much more. Through its two hour run-time, it does a fine job at continuously providing content to be interested in whether it is the chemistry rich romance between Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding), the constant presentation of Asian culture and especially its cuisine, or the absolutely hilarious commentary and interactions delivered by numerous members of this talented cast. “Crazy Rich Asians” delivers on all fronts that a romantic comedy can. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this film.
Next, the quality of film “Crazy Rich Asians” provides, is excellent. In my opinion, nothing was too corny or cheesy as many romantic comedies typically are. Everything was natural and proper. Obviously, if you have seen one romantic comedy, you have basically seen them all. You will know some big dramatic climax will happen, you will know something magical will happen to further the love story, but nonetheless, it is done well with all things considered.
Honestly, if I boil it down, I have only two complaints about the film. One which does not affect the rating at all and the other which is the only thing notching the film down. The first, I love Gemma Chan’s character Astrid Young. Her caring and loving nature was a delight to watch and I wanted more of her story despite her being a supporting character and a brief side piece. The second thing, even though I did say the film did a great job at filling the time with a variety of different elements, the two hour run-time is felt after awhile. A lot happens in the film, but I feel as if some things could have been edited a bit more to cut some time. Maybe one of my two negatives was affected by the other and Astrid fell victim to the editing room floor.
As I said before, “Crazy Rich Asians” may very well be one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed just about every moment of this film. The variety of emotions that this film can invoke in someone is magical. It is a feel-good movie that has the possibility to ignite joy and happiness in just about anyone. Once again, I may be a bit biased, besides being an entertaining and quality film, this film hit home to me. Not all my readers may know that I am 50% Filipino and my mother is born and bred in the Philippines. I saw my mother in some of these characters, I saw cultural connections between the families and mine, I saw my cousins in some of these faces, I saw a tightly woven family just like mine. This film made my heart happy and I hope that it can do that for any viewer too… Now if only I could get the crazy rich part for myself. 😉