Movie cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Lisa Luh, Gemma Chang, Ken JeongMovie director: Jon M. Chu
Crazy Rich Asians movie is based on the 2013 novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan. It is an American rom-com genre film directed by Jon M. Chu and it’s screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim. Apparently, it had a great hype around the world but it was fairly impactful as a story to deliver.
It is a fairy tale about a Chinese American economics professor of New York University, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and her billionaire boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding). The story begins just like an ordinary New Yorker film but it twists when she goes along with him to attend his best friend’s wedding at Singapore and her boyfriend smoothly gets her to a business class. It’s in this scene where she comes to know about Nick’s crazy wealthy dynasty. As soon as they land in Singapore the lavish and colourful lifestyle of Nick is disclosed to Rachel. Soon her best friend, Peik Lin’s (Awkwafina) quirky character, moreover her eccentric family is revealed to us. It’s a part where you just enjoy the sly sense of humour by Lin’s family. The tension is felt when Nick introduces his girlfriend to his mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) who indirectly disapproves Rachel at the first meet itself. And in this way the story builds up.
(A spoiler alert)
This movie depicts a shade of Chinese culture and it is similar to a typical Bollywood commercial drama where there are family clashes with the lead but the end is always a happy one. The unusual factor over here is that a female character; Rachel Chu plays the protagonist. So the people out there who love over the top drama of Bollywood will surely enjoy this film. Interestingly, there are few dialogues in this movie where one of the Nick’s cousins points out Rachel playing a role of modern day Cinderella. This indicated clearly about her soon to be face typical societal struggles in the movie ahead and the idea about wealth is proved correct by the end: Money can’t buy love, but it creates many complications.
There are titbits in this film that are comical and full of drama which will surely take you to a joyful ride, like a montage of Rachel getting a complete make-over for attending the wedding of Nick’s best friend. Also the part of Nick’s sister Astrid Leong-Teo (Gemma Chang) a new developing bond with Rachel is a pleasure to watch as well as Rachel’s bond with domineering Eleanor. The class discrimination is visible here and how both the women exchange doubles as its painful reminder.
Overall, it has done well on box office and it’s a great one time watch. It is available on Netflix.
By, Khushali Thakar