Crazy Rich Asians review - a romantic comedy finally worth seeing
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Verdict: Crazy Rich Asians provides both laughs and tears, and is a breath of fresh air. It is hard to find something to say about Crazy Rich Asians that hasn’t already been said. Based on Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name, it is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature an all Asian-American cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club. It follows Rachel (Constance Wu), an Asian-American economics professor, as her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) invites her to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding and meet his family. What she doesn’t know is that they are the wealthiest family in the country - and that Nick is considered the most eligible bachelor of Singapore. What follows is an extravagant and dazzling look into Singapore’s elite and one of the best romantic comedies of recent years, whose fashion is on par with The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City. Director John M. Chu manages his large ensemble cast with ease, giving each character its moment to shine - the foremost being Constance Wu’s comedic yet touching performance as the fish-out-of-water Rachel. As the child of a working-class, immigrant single-mother, she is immediately at odds with Nick’s cold and protective mother (the superb Michelle Yeoh) and the scenes they share together are some of the highlights of the film.
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