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Published On: Mon, Sep 10th, 2018

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ entertains and challenges with beautiful cinematography

Part Big Fat Greek Wedding and part The Great Gatsby, Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining examination on the life Singapore, particularly from the viewpoint of this insanely wealthy Young family.

Nick Young (Henry Golding) has fallen in love with Rachel (Constance Wu), a New York University economics professor who has lived in America her whole life. He invites her to be his “plus one” to a big, family wedding and the journey to the other side of the world begins.

Nick’s domineering mother, played by Michelle Yeoh, looms large, not accepting of Rachel, who is shocked by the lavish wealth that has never revealed previously. The Young family is full of outlandish and odd characters, setting up funny moments during Rachel’s experience, all set to beautiful cinematography.

Director Jon Chu delivers a film doing a ton of things well, but nothing particularly great. Golding will be elevated as a star with his engaging and emotional performance, but most of the cast is adequate, adding some depth to the predictable plot.

The laughs are always certain from Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin and Nick’s gay, fashion savvy cousin Oliver.

Cliched?

Sure.

Funny?

Yes.

The real appear of Crazy Rich Asians is that Chu never shies away from the difficult topic of  racism, prejudices and breaking down stereotypes. Some of the messages are that rich people have problems too. The uber wealthy have some really bad problems. Asian people can be racist too. Older generations are having problems connecting to this generation and letting go of their own baggage.

A rich couple may still be faced with the stark reality of a cheating spouse. No matter how much money you have, you may still be putting on a false face for somebody…possibly your own family.

Billed as a comedy, but Crazy Rich Asians cuts to the heart of serious issues in society while staying entertaining and lighthearted enough to engage ALL of the audience.

Crazy Rich Asians earns 3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars.

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