Crazy Rich Asians is a fish out of water story where Rachel, played by Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu, flies to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick in order to meet his crazy rich family. The film lives up to its title because the filmmakers throw every extravagant thing they could into the movie. The money thrown around by the characters seems more like a gold plated fantasy than real life. The film has your traditional chick-flick elements, but it adds a little more screwball comedy and lavish rich-person parody to the mix to reach both men and women. There were great comedic moments throughout, but the standout star is Awkwafina, who plays Rachel’s lovable friend from college Peik Lin. Peik Lin’s father in the film is Ken Jeong and when the two are on screen together they are fighting for who can get the bigger laugh.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding do a great job as the leads, Rachel and Nick, however, it’s the supporting cast that should get all of the credit for making this movie a success. The film is a who’s who of Asian actors, including Michelle Yeoh, who plays Nick’s mother and the main antagonist of the film. She has classy-angry-face down to a science. She’s even scarier in this movie than when she’s swinging swords all around in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
All of the backstabbing by “friends” and “family” in this movie starts to make it feel like a soap opera and at times it can be a little melodramatic. However, the film never forgets that it’s a comedy and it will infuse humor into every scene. Whether the behavior shown in the film is a showcase of Crazy Rich Asians or just crazy rich people in general, the giggle-bits never stopped coming.
Whose Review gives Crazy Rich Asians the overall score of… Crazy Good. People are making a big deal out of the fact that it’s an Asian cast and crew and it’s an empowering example of where Hollywood should be going, which it is. However, even without that it’s still a good love story with a lot of comedy for everyone in the audience to enjoy and some break out comedic performances that audiences be crazy to miss.
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