Crazy Rich Asians - 15 August 2018 - ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½
My wife was dying to see this film so I took her partly because I wanted to make her happy but also out of genuine curiosity. The film is ground breaking for a Hollywood movie having an all Asian cast (only done once before in 1993's Joy Luck Club) and has been receiving rave reviews and opened at No. 1 at the US box office when it came out last weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to find this is an above average romantic comedy with a ethnic spin on the Asian culture that is quite poignant.
The plot involves a New York raised Asian Rachel Chu (a star making turn from Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu) who is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's soon 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 (a brilliantly reserved Michelle Yeoh). The film has some truly laugh out loud moments mostly courtesy of rapper turned actor Awkwafina, who steals every scene she is in and the always reliable Ken Jeong.
It also does not shy away from family drama and at times the film does lag when it gets too serious in these moments. Overall, this is an enjoyable film with a very likable leading lady and cast that every nationality can enjoy. No wonder the sequel has already been green-lit.