I had a crazy fun time watching Crazy Rich Asians.
by Stanley P, Carrybeans
When filming of Crazy Rich Asians was announced, everyone was stoked, including yours truly. After all, having an all-Asian cast in an A-list movie was almost unheard of. And knowing that two of our very own Malaysians starred as the main characters only put the cherry on top of an already delectable pie.
When the trailer of the movie came out, my level of excitement to watch the movie just reached an all-time high. I tried to avoid reading the books so as not to spoil the movie when I watch it. Now that the movie has premiered, did it live up to the hype?
Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and her trip to Singapore with her boyfriend Nicholas “Nick” Young (Henry Golding). Nick has invited Rachel to attend Nick’s best friend’s wedding, and at the same time, introduce Rachel to his family. What Rachel doesn’t know is that Nick is of the Young family, one of the wealthiest family in Asia.
As with many love stories, Rachel and Nick’s story wouldn’t be complete without any drama. In this movie, it comes in the form of Nick’s mother, Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh), who’s convinced Rachel is not perfect for Nick. So, will the lovebirds survive the ordeal or will they falter?
Plot-wise, Crazy Rich Asians is nothing new. The movie is your usual love story between two people from different classes and how they must overcome challenges before they can be together. It is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers, similar to numerous other literary works and romantic movies out there–think Romeo and Juliet minus the double suicide at the end. So, it comes as no surprise that Crazy Rich Asians is very predictable. Even as you watch Rachel in despair, you know she will get her happy ending anyway.
That being said, it was a very well-done movie. The acting was superb, the setting was perfect and the story, despite its clichéd-ness, was crafted in such a way that it doesn’t feel very boring.
Another thing that I love about the movie was how colourful it was. In many scenes, the background was vibrant and lively, showing the true beauty of Malaysia and Singapore (where the movie was shot). However, I do feel they could have toned down on the CGI a bit. I understand why they employed so much computer effects, but it seemed fake and tarnished the overall experience.
The one thing that the movie got right is the casting. The movie was the first major Hollywood movie to feature an all-Asian cast after the Joy Luck Club, which was released some 25 years ago. So it was certainly a step in the right direction in terms of Asian representation in Hollywood and the film industry in general.
There is some brouhaha over the casting of Henry Golding as not being very Asian enough. However, he was the perfect Nick Young one could ever get. Make no mistake, he sometimes came as a tad boring and his acting could use improvement. But considering that this was his first time acting, he did a pretty good job at it.
That being said, the ones that took the spotlight in the movie were Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan (plays as Astrid, Nick’s cousin) and Awkwafina (Rachel’s friend, Goh Peik Lin). Each of the ladies shone in their own scenes and that made the movie much more enjoyable. Special shout out to Gemma and Awkwafina–Gemma was lovely as Astrid and Awkwafina single-handedly made the otherwise soppy romantic movie funnier.
At the end of the day, Crazy Rich Asians was a solid movie. I’m not going to lie; I was hoping for a more magical experience with the movie, especially with all the hype surrounding the movie. However, it was still an enjoyable experience for me watching the movie. I love the casts and how the movie showcases the Singapore and Malaysia’s beauty.
If you’re planning to go watch the movie, just don’t expect the story to be life-changing. At its core, Crazy Rich Asians‘ plot was clichéd, not unlike many other romantic flicks out there. But if you look past that and just enjoy it as it is, you will have a grand time at the cinema.
Crazy Rich Asians gets a 7.5/10 score from Carrybeans!
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