Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Kai S. Manzo

In all honesty, when I was brainstorming for a relatively new movie to write a review about, Crazy Rich Asians wasn’t exactly my first choice, but that quickly changed once I watched the movie. So, before you immediately move on because you’re thinking: “This won’t be any good, it’s about a stupid rom-com,” know that this isn’t just another corny romance comedy, this movie was different.

Please note that the following will contain very minor spoilers about the basic plotline (but nothing about the ending). Additionally, this movie is for a more mature audience being rated PG-13, so if your parents are super strict about what movies you can watch, don’t get your hopes up about seeing this.

Written and directed by Jon M. Chu and based off the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians is a modernized twist to a classic romance comedy starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Awkwafina, and was recently nominated for a Golden Globes award. The basic plotline follows Rachel Chu (Wu), who is going to her boyfriend Nick Young’s (Golding) best friend’s wedding, and therefore will finally meet Nick’s family. She later finds out from her friend Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina) that Nick’s family is one of the richest in Singapore. Rachel then has to face the judgment that will be passed to her by the rest of Nick’s family, as she is relatively poor Asian-American among a large group of crazy rich Asians (see what I did there?).

Unfortunately I can’t personally compare the movie to the novel, but from a report on the book I heard in English class, the movie and book are very different, but both very good. Overall, I would give Crazy Rich Asians an 8.7 out of 10ーamazing if you’re into rom-coms but kind of crap if you like action, sci – fi, or fantasy. As well as being just a little bit too corny. There wasn’t much that was entirely new, it was just a twist to any old romance comedy you’ve heard of, rather than being something entirely new and innovative.