Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

by Zuleit Matthys

Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenplay: Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh.
Run time: 121 minutes

I have always enjoyed a good, cheesy romantic comedy. Therefore, I’ll put ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ on the list of my favourite romcoms of all time. In an over-the-top manner, the film explores the world of materialism, status and wealth by literally throwing money around everywhere.

Based on a novel by Kevin Kwan, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is centred around Rachel Chu (Constance Chu), a native New Yorker, who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to meet Nick’s family. There, Rachel discovers that Nick’s family is crazy rich! As Rachel tries to navigate this family’s path, she stays her true, family-oriented self. Even when Nick’s mom, Eleanor Sung-Young (Michelle Yeoh) tries ‘to play a game of chicken’ with her, Rachel’s goal remains the same.

While director Chu brings about a charming love story, it is important to note that this mainstream Hollywood film is all about representation of the Asian culture, which is not really seen in Hollywood, especially without the stereotypes. The men, who are portrayed shirtless with great abs in multiple scenes seems necessary, thus challenging the notion that Asian men are undesirable.

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However, as much as the film with the almost all-Asian cast avoids Asian stereotypes throughout, it doesn’t shy away from including a fairly stereotypical gay character, who is flamboyantly portrayed by Nick Santos, whose character Kerry Chu is very similar to his Superstore character, Mateo.

Rapper Awkwafina and Ken Jeong make for piles and piles of laughter with the over-impressed and witty comical lines their characters bring forth. Although in some scenes, the comedy effect is exaggerated, it doesn’t hurt.

Despite the love story plays out like a worn-out romcom, the characters are engaging and the film makes for great scenery, touching moments and a great message about self-control.

It comes at no surprise that a sequel of the film is on the way.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ starts showing at Ster Kinekor Maerua Mall, Windhoek on 24 August 2018. Visit mydorpie for showing times.

Watch: Constance and Henry on ELLEN.


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