CRAZY RICH ASIANS
By Mary Cox and Chris Dugopolski
If you go to a movie to escape reality then this one is for you. It is a banquet of beautiful people in beautiful settings with lots of glitz and glitter.
Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, a beautiful economics professor at NYU from very humble beginnings falls in love with Nick Young, played by Henry Golding. The audience will recognize Wu from the television show, “Fresh off the Boat.” Director Jon Chu got the most out of his actors. Constance Wu’s performance was spot on.
Young invites Chu to go to Singapore with him to meet his family at his best friend’s wedding. To her surprise, his family is crazy rich and his rich friends are crazy. Obviously, Rachel does not quite fit the princess his mother, (Eleanor Young) has in mind for their prince charming. It would be difficult to find a better-looking prince charming. Golding is gorgeous and was a joy to look at.
“Crazy Rich Asians” couldn’t have been made in a more lavish setting. Most of the cast are gorgeous people wearing exquisite clothing and stunning jewelry. The physical settings are the most elegant mansions, one could imagine. The wedding scenes will give brides everywhere something to emulate.
The panoramic shots of Singapore will make you want to contact your travel agent immediately. It has the most exciting modern skyscrapers and bridges and seemingly very light traffic. This is truly an escape film.
Other members of the cast include Gemma Chan and Goh Peik Lin, who provides much needed comic relief.
I was amazed at how the nouveau riche of Singapore spent so much money on houses and parties, then I thought this is just a movie. However, one of the girls from Singapore told us that the parties portrayed in the film was typical of the newly rich in Singapore.
“Crazy Rich Americans” is very predictable but romantic comedies always are. We felt we were watching an Asian version of Cinderella. The screenplay was written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lin based on the novel by Kevin Kwan.
We enjoyed “Crazy Rich Asians” It was a fun way to spend two hours of romance and uninhibited wealth splashing all over the screen.
Chris and I differ on the number of stars. She would give it 3 stars but I would give it 3 1/2