Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.
In case you haven’t noticed, this type of genre is not common for me to review. Typically my interests gravitate towards dark dramas and horror flicks over romance films. But I changed it up a little bit… cuz… uh… I dunno.
Crazy Rich Asians is the first film to boast an Asian director along with every leading role filled with Asian actors. This movie tells the age-old story of a fish out of the water, as Constance Wu’s Rachel, an Asian American woman, heads to Singapore. This movie features hilarious moments and great acting along with a moving plot, however, the last act failed to deliver what was so well displayed throughout the earlier majority of the film.
The acting in this film was superb, with raw and charming performances from Constance Wu and Henry Golding, not to mention hilarious features from Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Nico Santos. Nico Santos stood out as the comedic star here, with numerous hilarious lines and an easy to love personality in Oliver T’sien, a cousin of the wealthy Young family. The openly gay actor was hilarious in not only the lines he said but also in what he didn’t say. He was able to communicate such expressive emotion through his facial features and movement that he was practically saying things completely aside from his dialogue. I cannot overstate how incredible the acting was here and how much I am looking forward to seeing these actors in other roles.
For me, the thing that brought the movie down a notch was the last act. There was an amazing set of scenes prior to it that defined how Rachel loved Nick enough to let him go because she could not give him what she needed along with her not being dependent on needing a man. BUT ALL OF THE DAMN SUDDEN, this little bastard Nick pops his head up and proposes to her on the plane, saying that he is giving up his family wealth to go back to America. Rachel says yes to his proposal, and the DIRECT NEXT SCENE, is literally them back in the Singapore hotel dancing at what looks like their wedding party. WHAT. THE HELL. Why? WHY?? It just completely trashed the part immediately before that and displaced the entire plot for no reason whatsoever. That was what the movie ended on, leaving me angrily confused.
Crazy Rich Asians was a hilarious movie with a solid plot and even better acting that sadly had a bit of a fall towards the end. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable film along with amazing acting. Not to mention that this featured incredible diversity and represented a different culture with surprising accuracy. This was a very enjoyable movie for the majority and displayed great directorial style and focus on acting.
“You haven’t finished your nuggets. There are a lot of children in America starving.”
Peik Lin: “These people aren’t just rich, they’re crazy rich.”
Peik Lin: “Tonight you need to not look like Sebastian from Little Mermaid.”
Oliver T’sien: “You put the Botox in the face and then, pinch, pinch, pinch.”