Crazy Rich Asian’s is the story of Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, to go to a family wedding. Unknown to Rachel her boyfriend, Nick Young, is from an obscenely wealthy family.
My review may contain spoilers.
There are some good things about this movie, as follows:
- It is a lot of fun with humour interspersed
- There are a lot of Kleenex moments so go to the cinema prepared.
- The acting is very good and had an excellent cast.
- The film provided a stage for Asian actors, especially in lead roles. Hopefully, this will start a trend of hiring more, in film or television. I hope studios are wise enough to engage them.
Being married to an Asian I noticed they got some cultural things spot on:
- No one is ever going to good enough for my son/daughter, no matter whether they are rich or poor
- Divorce or violence towards a wife is not a shame on the husband who committed the acts but the wife’s fault. Often after a divorce, it will take half a generation to forgive them.
- The senior member of the family often has the last word
- There is a strong commitment to not let the old ways die out.
- The wife should be at home and the husband is the money earner.
- Everyone sits at the table to assemble food.
Some negative points I found:
- The film was too westernized maybe to appeal or dumb it down to a US/British audience.
- Some of the characters were very over the top, maybe that’s what you would expect in film and television but they were more “camp” or “pop art” style than I have seen in Asian shows (and I have seen a lot of them)
- I would like for them to have focused on some of the more interesting storylines, about Rachel’s mother.
- The film wasn’t long enough, as I said, more could have been included.
I recommend the film, there is something in it for everyone. It’s safe for all the family to watch.
So I am very happy to of seen this film, it was fast-paced, fun and emotional. Looking forward to seeing more.