Crazy Rich Asians is a Rom-Com-Drama that features the greatest ensemble of Asian cast members ever gathered within an American film (period) and is consistently fulfilling due to its absorbing and culturally flourishing storyline that had me gleeful for its majority. Nearly every cast member serves a contrasting purpose to the film’s entirety, each featuring unique charisma—although Jimmy O. Yang was vastly underutilized (I needed way more screen time from him, he is a hilarious actor/comedian)—which allows the story to feel lucrative since there are so many sides and perspectives interlinked within its breathless tale. It’s directed with a fashion that channels into the dramatic yet fast-paced, and dazzling spirit, and presents enough of this galore to satisfy viewers of its “rich” category. If I had to pinpoint one major flaw, the first act of this film was quite jarring especially since the film bounces back and forth between like 100 character introductions—which had me worried for a while. Gracefully the movie picks up steam afterwords with a more consistent and flowing pace. Crazy Rich Asians features the typical “Family VS True Love” formula but emboldens it with a more heated curve that makes its entirety indeed, fresh and worthwhile. (Verdict: C+)
Being half Asian, and half European myself, it’s pretty wicked seeing Henry Golding manifesting a main, mixed-ethics character in a movie. I’m not saying we need more representation—cause frankly I personally don’t care if we do or not (it selfishly just makes me feel more and more special ☺️)—I’m just saying it was keen seeing a character with a similar family background/perspective to my own—minus the massive fortune, of course. Also random shoutouts to Keanu Reeves and Olivia Munn for sticking around so long being the only few mixed-Asians represented in Hollywood. Henry Golding should be a dainty addition to the bunch!
Also, Awkwafina steels the whole show. Praise be the Yellow Ranger!
THE BAO SHORT NEARLY RUINED A SCENE IN THIS MOVIE FOR ME, AND IF YOU’VE SEEN CRAZY RICH ASIANS YOU KNOW WHICH ONE I’M TALKING ABOUT!