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Crazy Rich Asians - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Oct 5, 2018 - 6:46:31 AM

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Crazy Rich Asians

The only thing crazier than love is family 

When a young woman visits the foreign land of her parent’s birth to meet her boyfriend’s family on the occasion of his best friend’s wedding, she is caught off-guard on learning significant details about his status in that part of the world. She soon learns that being on his arm puts a target on her back where local socialites are concerned and the disapproval of his mother complicates matters in ways she never imagined.

Rachel Chu is an economics professor at New York University who accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s nuptials and to meet his family, but is unprepared for what she learns about him. Nick Young is Rachel’s boyfriend and the next inline to takeover his family’s unimaginably lucrative business enterprise that has made them the wealthiest family in Singapore. Eleanor Sung-Young is Nick’s mother who disapproves of Rachel due to her upbringing in America and her belief that she will put her happiness before the needs of the family. Amanda Ling is a law school educated socialite who happens to be Nick’s ex-girlfriend with an entourage of sycophants prepared to do what ever she may ask of them hoping to undermine Rachel’s confidence during the events leading up to the wedding.

Crazy Rich Asians is a splendid romantic comedy that is not afraid to lay on some drama between the laughter in a way that creates a cinematic experience that is true to life. The wealth on display in this film brings to mind the old television series Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous with a signature design that is able to take full advantage of the theater’s big screen. Each member of the ensemble is able to inhabit the role they have been cast in from veteran actress Michelle Yeoh’s commanding performance as the domineering mother, to Constance Wu’s likable leading lady, to Awkwafina’s funny best friend, to Gemma Chan’s supportive cousin with troubles of her own and newcomer Henry Golding being the smitten leading man. Jon M. Chu directs in such a way that he gives the audience a glimpse into a world that they didn’t know they wanted to be a part of, but are now interested in seeing more of as soon as possible. Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim are able to capture the best parts of the story for those viewers who are a fan of the novel by Kevin Kwan, while condensing certain plot elements so those who have never read the book can also enjoy the production. Brian Tyler scores the film in such a way that each scene his music is used in feels more regal because of its influence and music supervisor Gabe Hilfer is able to find the right playlist for the soundtrack that help the film feel domestic yet foreign with the use of popular songs presented in a different way. I can honestly say that the wedding scene will be talked about for years to come and I suggest you watch this movie on a full stomach because if you don't, after watching it you will have a craving to eat due to the food on display in this motion picture. The second time I watched this film I found myself being reminded of theatrical releases like Four Weddings & A Funeral, The Great Gatsby, Bride & Prejudice, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and The Prince & Me among others. This is easily one of the best films of the year and I look forward to seeing how well they adapt the other books of the trilogy. I rate this movie a rating of 4 & 1/2 out of 5.   

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