Crazy Rich Asians, 5.41/10, is a fictionalised cultural insight into the money-driven and materialistic side of Asian life consumed by self-importance. Director John M. Chu attempts to shed light on the cultural differences in wealth, strict up-bringing and love. Crazy Rich Asians is a love story divided by class – a premises that has been explored numerous times. Sadly though, Crazy Rich Asians never seems to develop on the tried and tested plot choices. Amidst all the glitz and glamour, there is a sweet romance blooming but you just have to sit through two hours of nonsense to catch glimpses of it.
Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu) is invited to attend a wedding in Singapore as her new partners’ – Nick Young (played Henry Golding) – plus one. However, from the moment Rachel steps onto the plane and into first class, it dawns on her that Nick may not have been completely honest from the off. Meeting the in-laws is hard at the best of times but imagine having to meet the richest family in Singapore. This is only made more difficult by Nick’s mother who strongly forces Rachel out of Nick’s life due to her class, Chinese American decent and her mother’s past. Will their love be extinguished or can Rachel force Nick’s mothers to revalue her views and win her approval? Endure two hours of cheese to find out!
Enjoying this film may require a pinch of salt as the larger than life setting can, at times, be overwhelming, out of touch and a little corny. While the film itself meets all the standard conventions of a romantic film, Crazy Rich Asians didn’t feel like they expanded on the genre any more than padding it out with unnecessary garbage.
Now, you may think that this film did not rate too highly with me because it’s not to my normal taste but I, without exception, will give everything a fair chance. However, I do have to say that I feel the reviews allude you to think you are going to get a film with substance. On the contrary, Crazy Rich Asians is sad and shallow and I feel it has only got a higher rating due to its cultural significance.
Entertainment (of its genre): 5/10
Overall Rating: 5.41/10