Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

15 Aug 2018

Ahlan!'s verdict on the movie adaption of Kevin Kwan’s best selling novel

Crazy Rich Asians

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr.
Stars: 8/10

This Hollywood film starring an all Asian cast has been under a lot of pressure to deliver, as expected to have an immense impact on the perception of Asian-American actors in Hollywood. Well, there’s no need to panic, for all of you who have eagerly been counting down the days till its release, you will be pleased to know that it is a true masterpiece.

The director, Jon M. Chu has successfully brought together an extremely talented cast, an abundance of glamourous locations and a number of clever jokes, making it an almost perfect modern fairy tale.

In a nutshell, the move conveys the heartfelt story of an ordinary Asian New Yorker, Rachel Chu, (Constance Wu) who is thrown into Singapore’s glitzy world after agreeing to accompany her crazy rich boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his best friend’s wedding.

While there is some concern over the believability of the story, I mean, it’s 2018, so there is no way that Rachel would remain unaware of her boyfriend’s immense wealth until she visits his home country. Hello, Instagram…

But on this occasion, we’re happy to look aside and allow the filmmakers a little sprinkle of movie magic, especially because Nick known as the “Prince William of Asia’’ by commoners in his homeland of Singapore.

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We were won over by the remarkable acting and strong on-screen presence of Nick’s mother, Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh). She perfectly portrays the character of a classy and sophisticated woman, if a little cold to Rachel!

Another character that stood out was Peik Lin, (Awkwafina), a college-friend of Rachel’s, who brought the comedy moments to life.

In all, the movie has the perfect amount of LOLs and small number of emotional scenes, which are totally needed to add to the drama and romance.

And, without giving too much away, the movie ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, which leaves you craving the sequel that Kevin Kwan’s second and third books could just deliver.

Watch the trailer here: 

INFO: The much awaited rom-com of the summer is coming to UAE cinemas on 16 August