Crazy Rich Asians Movie Review
I put off seeing this movie for several days because I thought it'd be just another generic love story. Girl meets guy, guy has secret, relationship stumbles. That couldn't be further from actuality. The film actually focused on several different characters, Rachel and Nick obviously being the center of attention, but no one felt "out of the loop" so to speak. Everyone had an important role to play in the dramedy that lay ahead.
Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel, an economics professor at NYU who fell in love with a handsome man named Nick. Nick was needing to go back home to Singapore in order to attend his brother's wedding. Nick decided to invite Rachel along, that way he could finally introduce her to his huge family. Rachel is nervous and excited, as anyone would be, but her emotional state magnifies when Nick reveals that his family is extremely wealthy. As Rachel's best friend Peik puts it, "They're not just rich, they're crazy rich!" (Hence, the title.)
I loved how much care and devotion director Jon M. Chu put into the film. Every minute detail was perfect, the sets breathtaking, and the wardrobe absolutely stunning. From Rachel's quaint-to-Cinderella looks to Eleanor's sleek and commanding outfits to Astrid's extravagance to Ken Jeong's hip-hop-wannabe attire, everything was thought out and designed with precision.
The acting was most impressive all around. Michelle Yeoh took charge of every scene she was in, making Rachel's insecurities feel authentic when they shared the screen. Constance Wu was completely believable as the "girl who came from nothing" just looking for the right man. Gemma Chan seemed to be trying to project Audrey Hepburn, which I think she did a wonderful job. Gemma dressed like her, had the same build, and even talked like her in a way. It was a beautiful parallel, well-performed, and an admiring tribute to the late actress.
The story itself was never boring and always kept my attention. While I was always wondering what would happen next to Rachel, I was equally invested in Astrid and Eleanor. Everyone was important in their own way. Writers Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim wonderfully adapted the book to screen, keeping the large array of characters balanced, each character given the perfect amount of time.
The soundtrack was also an astounding collection of songs. I may not have understood certain tracks because they were performed in a different language, but I was still moved by them just because of how they were placed in the film. If that's not mastery, I don't know what is. The song chosen for the wedding sequence made me feel both sentimental and loss, for personal reasons of course, but it also gave me hope for the future, not only for the characters in the film but for me as well.
In conclusion, I'd go right back inside to see this film again if I could. It was that good. Definitely do yourself a favor and go see this film. It's nothing short of a masterpiece that will both make you laugh and make you cry. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
© 2018 Nathan Jasper