Crazy Rich Asians – Film Review
Last month, there were two film adaptations on everyone’s lips (well, in my Twittersphere, anyway): To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Crazy Rich Asians. They were both the talk of the town because of their incredible diversity. Crazy Rich Asians, based on the book of the same name, features almost entirely an Asian cast, and that’s so good to see!
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.
🎬 Release Date: September 14th
🎬 Director: Jon M. Chu
🎬 Cast: Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Henry Golding, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, Tan Kheng Hua, Jing Lusi, Pierre Png, Fiona Xie
Watch the Trailer:
Crazy Rich Asians:
As with a lot of films that are talked about a lot, I only just saw this very recently. I think I caught it at the right time because it was down to one showing a day in the cinema! I kind of went to see it on a whim because I knew a lot of people had been talking about it, and I had a few hours to kill when I was out. I’m so glad I saw it because I loved it!
Sometimes, the best films are the ones that are so fun and feel-good, and they give you a warm fuzzy feeling. This was one of those films. The colours and the scenery made it such a visually pleasing film, and it made me really want to visit Singapore! I also loved the entire cast – everyone was perfect, especially Rachel’s friend and her family. They were definitely the biggest source of the comedy throughout the film.
There are a lot of stories that are essentially “person one is dating person two and they realise they lead entirely different lives”, and sometimes they can be a bit cliche, but this one felt different. It was all about main character trying to fit in with a family far more privileged than her own. She’s been brought up by a single mother in New York, while Nick is the heir to a massive family fortune.
It almost reminded me of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Starfish, where a central theme is that the main character is Asian by doesn’t feel “Asian enough” for society or her peers to take her seriously. In Crazy Rich Asians, Rachel felt exactly the same way, especially in the eyes of Nick’s mother who refused to let her marry into the family because she’s not Chinese – she’s Chinese-American (and in her mind, there’s a very big difference). For a rom-com, it had some important themes that need to be shown in more films like this.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film and I’m glad I went to see it on a bit of a whim. When I enjoy films like this that I wouldn’t usually watch, it makes me want to do it more often because I’d be pleasantly surprised!
Have you seen Crazy Rich Asians? What did you think?
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