Crazy Rich Asians Reviews
The story begins with Nick inviting Rachel to accompany him to Singapore for his best friend's wedding. It's not until they get to the airport that she discovers that his family is actually filthy rich. The giveaway is that their airplane seats not only fully recline into beds but are also in a private suite. I didn't even know this was a thing. I wonder if they're insulated from the pervasive odor of feet that permeates coach when the huddled masses simultaneously remove their shoes.
When Nick and Rachel arrive in Singapore (extremely refreshed, I might add), they're picked up by the bride- and groom-to-be and run around a market sampling food like they're in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, but without the acerbic wit.
Next, Rachel meets up with her wacky college friend Peik Lin who just happens to also live in Singapore. Peik Lin is the only one in the whole movie who's the least bit funny, but unfortunately she's not the only one who's actually trying to be funny. The supporting cast includes a whole slew of colorful characters whose job is apparently to imbue the movie with forced zaniness.
The gist of the story is that it's always been the plan for Nick to move back to Singapore and take over the family business, something he never bothered to tell Rachel. Also, Nick's mother doesn't approve of her. And since he's Singapore's most eligible bachelor, all of the other single women hate her guts.
This movie didn't sound like something I would particularly like, but for some reason, it was really well-reviewed. What that reason is, I can only speculate. Perhaps critics felt that the all-Asian cast and exotic locale elevate its otherwise trite love story from its intrinsic banality. Or perhaps they found the ostentatious displays of wealth by non-white people refreshing. Whatever the case, it didn't work for me except as a travelogue regularly photo-bombed by really annoying people.
Rachel and Nick are likable enough and I did enjoy seeing how dumplings are made, but somehow the overarching theme of "Hey look, Asians can be crazy too!" didn't cut it for me.
The dialogue and acting , with exceptions of Keng Hua, Golding and Constance was a repetition of the same type of dramatic posturing we Singaporeans endured for decades by these same actors and actresses. They still sound the same, ( same pretend accent) copied cliched stances and media and film loving friends of mine were all disappointed and ashamed.
Above all , nothing written and subsequently priduced were authentic . Even a fictionalised comedy must bear resemblance to the truth . The richest family in Singapore is that if the kate Mr. Ng Teng Fong whom Kwan and Chu dies nit share a chikdhood growing up with . The Ngs, biggest developer in Singapore apart from the Singapore government are modest low key
and far removed from Kwan's carcature . My aunty Mrs Ng hooteD at Michelle's Yeoh's portrayal which is more of Hongkong Tai Tai or even Taiwanese or nouveau riche of China BUT
Please, not us Singaporeans !!!! Yeoh 's acting is not dissimilar to her kung fu movies , sci fi , historical drama . Stilted speech, angular kinesics , and total lack if vulnerability . Inwaited for years for to act human because she must be in real life, but she is still in cast iron . When will she ever break out like Gong Li ?
All said this is a movie as a journalist , media consultant and Singaporean I am not proud of and never want to be reminded.
Based on a book by Kevin Kwan, the story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu's relationship with Nick Young being tested when he takes her as his plus one to his best friend's wedding in Singapore, which gives her the chance to meet his family. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family is one of the country's wealthiest, and that luggage labels him as one of its most followed bachelors. Finally getting to know the side of Nick he distanced himself from, she gets thrown into the hidden mess by being targeted by jealous socialites and beginning to lose her confidence in their love when being dragged down by his controlling mother's disapproving attitude.
Romantic comedies has an overused formula that spices the romance(s) towards predictability with the acting of the melodrama being minimally little to occasionally ridiculous. "Crazy Rich Asians" seems to might have followed that familiar routine but with a perfect charismatic soul as a lovely heart that may be difficult to reach in succeeding replication, hence the rejuvenation. It has taken the characterization's human drama and romance to be attached in captivation on the direction of the relationships, which is an act of actually caring for the characters. What made that possible is the majority Asian American casting performing with perfect energy and charisma that seek out the heart to fully blossomed, particularly the main pair Constance Wu and Henry Golding alongside Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan and especially Awkwafina in a comedic breakout role.
Jon M. Chu's direction is probably his best out of his moderate sized filmography when balancing between the soulfully-performed heart and the striking production designs, defining an exotic film with composer Brian Tyler's scoring further enriching the heart. Aside from the overall elegancy and perfectly-done efforts, the narrative structure seems like an essay on the line of "money can't buy happiness" when focusing Rachel and Nick's relationship on proving that normal, earned happiness triumphs over wealth. That was showcased in another parallel as a subplot for Nick's cousin Astrid to show the alternative "what-if" as an attempt to express the meaningful loyalty the main romance is built with. With that being pointed out, it could either be further proof that this film rejuvenated the genre or uncovered an aspect that wasn't noticeable till now as a study for the genre.
May not have read the literature trilogy, but the impressive, culturally heartening, talented perfection that "Crazy Rich Asians" turned out to be could be another case of film adaptation over source material. The film itself is wonderfully entertaining by its humanistic soul, which makes it one of the best rom-coms there is. There's enough anticipation towards the next chapter to see this very collaboration again in action. (A-)
Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention that he is part of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors and it soon becomes clear that while money can't buy love, it can definitely complicate things.
Visually stunning with the magnificent Singapore serving as an able backdrop to wealth that will make the viewers eyes pop in a way that we once marvelled at Dallas or Dynasty, Crazy Rich Asians is much more than a stylish, materialistic ocular treat with some sharp script writing and solid performances elevating this production to lofty heights.
The support cast in particular are worthy of a special mention as the likes of Awkwafina and Ken Jeong add excellent comedic moments to this charming tale with Michelle Yeoh excelling as the steely prospective mother-in-law.
Social structures, family dynamics and wealth are dealt with throughout this alluring feature that even though revisits old ground genre wise, has a fresh and invigorating feel to it.
Crazy Rich Asians contains all the ingredients that other rom coms in recent times have forgotten to add to the recipe. It's charming, heartfelt, funny and ultimately a likable romp that will please fans of the rom com movie.
I was expecting a fun comedy full of colour, vibrancy, laughter, and razzle-dazzle. What I got was a serious drama with a thin narrative containing some feeble attempts at comedy which didn't work. The first section was too long, filled with lots of introductions and little else., and there were very few people laughing in the cinema I attended, The one redeeming moment (mahjong scene) towards the end was genuinely touching, but what followed, wasn't. While the settings were lavish and colourful, the very average acting left me unfulfilled. This all could have been done so much better. D & B