Crazy Rich Asians, the romance comedy hit of 2018. The one movie that was a big hit in the US but unfortunately only aired for 2(!) weeks in my own country. So I couldn’t actually watch it in cinema but recently I bought the DVD and checked it out and I have to say. I did not really expect what I got. Read on to find out more 😉
Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy drama. The director is Jon M. Chu…yes, the guy from the Step Up dance franchise and Now You See Me 2. I did not expect to see his name when the credits started rolling but yeah, a pleasant surprise I have to say. The movie is based on a 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan. I saw the book in stores before the movie even aired and that was the thing that made me watch the trailer and get interested in the movie in the first place. The movie features a cast mostly with Asian descent which is pretty rare in Hollywood movies, so points on that.
The story is about Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a professor at NYU who grew up in the US and Nick Young (Henry Golding), Rachel’s charming boyfriend who wants to introduce her to his family in Singapore. Well, after deciding to go there, Rachel finds out Nick is part of one of the richest families in Singapore and next in line to inherit the whole fortune. Of course, his family is not all happy about him bringing his “common, American” girlfriend to meet his family.
While the first scene and introduction to the movie wasn’t that important it was a nice introduction into the movie. In the end it is mainly about showing what money and connections can do and how first impressions can be wrong sometimes.
After the intro scene we get a musical title sequence which I really enjoyed especially because the song is really nice too. Afterwards you’ll get to know our protagonist and her as well as Nick’s introduction is as normal as it can be. You see what they do, how much they like each other and how they get along.
In general, the introduction to the movie is very natural and you get to know this new world together with Rachel herself. Except for the fact that Nick comes from a rich family and that people are not that happy about him dating a common girl, you find out all the other things together with Rachel and get to experience everything with her.
The drama of the story stays true to the initial start: It keeps everything natural. Unlike other rom-coms there is no overly dramatic drama where people throw water at each other or slap the rival or something like that. No, the dramatic moments of the show seem like stuff that could actually happen which makes the movie even more enjoyable because it is not too cringy like other movies. And cringy scenes are kept pretty short. For me that makes this movie more suitable to watch with friends who may not be into romantic movies than when you want to watch movies like Love Actually or stuff like that.
Also it features not only our main couple but other couples too and I think it’s interesting to see that they are not perfect either and that some couples might not get the happy ending they wished for, because…well, life, you know.
Rachel and Nick
I really enjoyed the dynamics between Rachel and Nick. Even if there were problems they were your everyday normal couple going through good times and bad times but at the same time being there for each other and trying their best for each other.
Also it was a fun to see them joking with each other like you joke with your partner and family in real life. They were not just lovey dovey and kissing but they had natural dynamics that showed they could just enjoy their time together withouht needing to be all “we are in so in love”. They could laugh, talk and have fun with each other. Another thing I thought was really good: While, yes, Nick did not tell Rachel he was from a rich family, overall they did not have communication problems. There were bad times yeah, but they talked about things and when someone wasn’t feeling good or something happened they talked and supported each other whatever was coming their way.
So after mentioning the romance let’s get to the comedy. Like 50% of the comedy came from Goh Peik Lin’s family. Peik Lin is a college friend of Rachel’s and has been asking her to visit her in Singapore. She becomes Rachel’s support during the tough times in Singapore and Peik Lin’s family is just a comedic joy. From the parents to the kids they were an awesome family, not just funny but also loving and supporting their friends.
The other 50% of comedy came from small little comments here and there, some offered by Rachel, some by Nick, some by Nick’s best friend Colin and so on. In general though, the comedy is kept low. I think that’s because if they had more it would’ve been a more ridiculous movie and less serious and honest. So I like that thing about the movie.
I wrote a lot about what I liked about the movie, now let’s get to the part, where I talk what I did not like about the movie. It’s easy to find that one. Sometimes the story or reactions did not make sense. Like when Rachel meets Nicks mother Eleanor: the only bad thing Eleanor said was a comment about Rachel following her passion, said in a kind of mean tone, but other than that the conversation was all well…so where did Rachel get the “she hates me” from. And there were more scenes like that where I had wished they did put a little more drama into it. Of course, not putting so much drama in kept the movie more like real life but still, it’s called a romantic-comedy drama so yeah. other than that I had nothing to complain about.
Overall the movie is really enjoyable and different from other rom-coms, not just because of the cast, but also because of the story, the acting, the dynamics and relationships. The chemistry between the leads but also all the other actors was really good and enjoyable and I really recommend watching the movie if you have not already. It’s good entertainment, especially for spring time 🙂