WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time, but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
Crazy Rich Asians, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, hit American cinemas a week before South African theatres.
The box offices numbers quickly revealed that audiences we’re obsessed with this landmark film which is noted to be the first film in the modern setting by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian cast since 1993's The Joy Luck Club.
The numbers never lie and after watching the film myself I can confirm that it’s an absolute cinematic delight.
This whimsical comedy, directed by Jon M. Chu, is packed with interesting characters and unexpected plot twists that keeps the audience entertained for the full 120 minutes.
At times the flow and rhythm of the film is so fluid that it nearly feels like you’re watching a musical. Like the actors are about to break out in song any minute. But they don’t. This wonderful tempo is in most part thanks to the clever directing, editing, and stellar acting by the talented cast.
Constance Wu, as the lead Rachel Chu, effortlessly plays with both her character’s vulnerability and strength to deliver a powerful and truly believable performance. She’s not the stereotypical damsel in distress – but rather a smart, confident protagonist with an unguarded human-side.
Alongside Constance, newcomer Henry Golding shines as rich boy Nick Young. The handsome 31-year-old brings with him a classy coolness that stretches throughout the entire film. He manages to portray a character that is both laidback and sophisticated at the same time - making him the perfect broody and somewhat mysterious leading man. This is undoubtedly Henry’s breakout role and Hollywood is hopefully taking note.
Another standout performance comes from the energetic Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin. She gives a hilarious performance that boosts the energy level when the film needs it most and will make her a sure-fire fan favourite.
Overall this opulent comedy bursts with life and has a cheerfulness to it that will leave audiences buzzing with excitement. The film goes all-out, refuses to hold back and delivers a lush cinematic experience that deserves to be watch.
If this was the first then let there be many, many, many more! Splash the cash – because this one is totally worth it.