Rinzy Reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (2018)

Release Date: Aug. 15, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $30M/ $235.1M

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Nico Santos, Awkafina, et al.

***

It’s the glitch, glam and humour that sells Crazy Rich Asians. Never before have you seen Asians in this light. It’s a huge deviation what what soap operas and taekwondo has been feeding us, and that’s its greatest strength.

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. 

Honestly, there’s nothing special about Crazy Rich Asians’ plot. It’s a basic story. Rich boy meets poor girl and falls in love. His family says no at first, but later come around when they realize how awesome they are. It’s that cliche. But the movie immerses you into its very believable world almost as soon as it begins courtesy of its exotic production. The producers spare no expense in procuring colorful entertainment: props, foods, clothes and the FOOD! Oh Lord, the mere sight of those cuisines left me craving Asian meals so desperately. 

Singapore is so beautiful. I haven’t been there, so I can’t say if the movie does justice to it, but the many locations displayed in this movie (Samara Island, Rawa Island, International waters, etc.) leave you desperately wanting a vacation. 

Nick Yung (Henry Golding) and Rachael Chu (Constance Wu) make an interesting romantic pair. It’s a pity Nick’s mom, Eleanor Yung (Michelle Yeoh) refuses to practice the very Christianity the movie shows her professing in her first scene, and stands as a stumbling block to her son’s happiness. Even though she’s shown to finally come around, it’s mostly because she’s afraid of losing her son and not because she truly believes Rachael is worthy of her love. I hope this angle is explored more in the planned sequel.

Any movie capable of making my feel mushy I owe largely to the leads and their Chemistry. In this, Crazy Rich Asians gets it right, and I can only hope its planned sequel arrives sooner than the projected 2020 year. 


My favorite things about this movie:

1. Scene – Catch this, you gold digging bitch writing on the wall.

2. Character –  Awkafina’s Goh Peik Lin… Every scene with her is gold.

3. Song – Elvis Presley’s I can’t help myself falling in love with you.

4. Quotes

a. “You kind of look like a slutty Ebola virus.”
b. “I’m tired of not having anything I do matter, including having an affair.” 🙄

c. “It’s not my fault you don’t feel like a man. I can’t make you into something you’re not.”

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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