Editor’s Note: I want this review to be as brief as possible (So help me God). This is to avoid the numerous opportunities to go all out and dish out a spoiler. I waited so long to see Crazy Rich Asians so I was over the moon when I was invited (to join the few) to a private screening by SO. Me Solutions (big shout-out).
Quick Warning-you will leave the theaters feeling miserable if you do not have a Boo/Bae. I caught those who teared up and I whispered to my accidental date for the night “these ones don’t have anyone to blow them away with gestures of love” (please don’t quote me).
Crazy Rich Asians snatches all my sparkling stars but one!
Verdict: 9 Stars
This movie ticks almost all the boxes. Picture was excellent, directing was amazing, costuming…Wow! Set largely in Singapore, this fairy tale romance stands out from every other that I have seen in recent times largely because it portrays a culture we don’t regularly see in Hollywood- the Asians.
This is fascinating especially as Marvel set the ball rolling with a box office hit portraying Africa not as a war torn continent.
Based on Kevin Kwan‘s best-selling novel of same title, Crazy Rich Asians lets us into the flamboyant and high society lives of stinking rich Asians, their food, family traditional values but most spectacular of all, their weddings.
Crazy Rich Asians tells the tale of two lovebirds, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding). Young is the heir to the Young Empire consisting of estates, businesses. Nick is the most eligible bachelor in Singapore but the film opens to him living in what I like to call “denial”- away from paparazzi and the reality that he is stinking rich.
A trip with Chu who is utterly clueless as to the real size of the pocket of her boyfriend of over a year, is shocked to be living the business class life.
Meeting with the snobby, religious societal women led by Nick’s mom Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh) who plays ‘unofficial’ Beyonce and getting reminded that her degrees mean nothing to the close knit family, makes for the conflict of this beautiful tale.
There is a lot of She-power going around in this film. Unlike most romances, Chu might be the cry baby but she also is the master manipulator, a Go Getter and an independent woman. The women in Nick’s life from Ah Ma (Lisa Lu)to his mother are very influential decision makers as you will find out.
Now to why I reserve one of my sparkling star.
Crazy Rich Asians without all the embellishment is pretty much another well re-told Cinderella romance. It follows the Rich Prince/poor (not impoverished) girl pattern. While this story line passed down from romance novels to motion picture is great, it is also very predictable. So, I admit I enjoyed the many ideas Crazy Rich Asians preached, it was however too easy to tell the end from the start.