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An Honest Review Of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Crazy romantic and crazy extravagant. Also, we're in love with Henry Golding.

Watching the film made me even prouder to be Asian.

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

What do you do when you find out that your seemingly "normal" boyfriend is actually crazy rich? American-born Chinese Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her beau Nick Young (Henry Golding) from New York to his homeland Singapore, where she's forced to deal with a disapproving mother, family drama, jealous socialites, and an Asian life that she's totally unfamiliar with. The film adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel is the first Hollywood-produced film with an exclusively Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club, which was released 25 years ago.

The Short, Honest Plot

It's got the glitz, glamour, drama, and feels of a "you and me against the world" rom-com, but this time with an ALL-ASIAN CAST (yay!), featuring Asian culture!

The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Constance Wu as Rachel Chu 

Constance is best known for her role as immigrant tiger mom of three, Jessica Huang, on Fresh Off the Boat.

Henry Golding as Nick Young 

The British-Malaysian actor has hosted a variety of shows in the past years, including BBC's The Travel Show.

Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young 

The Malaysian actress got her start as an action star in Hong Kong and has made a name for herself in Hollywood for films such as 007: Tomorrow Never Dies and the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series.

Akwafina as Goh Peik Lin 

The hilarious comedian and rapper already hit the big screen earlier this year in Ocean's 8.

Nico Santos as Oliver Tsien 

Nico plays an immigrant named Mateo Liwanag on the NBC series Superstore.

Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong 

Gemma stars in the sci-fi drama Humans as Mia, a humanoid.

Ken Jeong as Goh Wye Mun

We've loved him on shows such as Dr. Ken and Community! He also guest-starred on Fresh Off The Boat with Constance.

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Chris Pang as Colin Khoo 

He's done I, Frankenstein and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, and the Netflix TV series Marco Polo.

Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee 

A ballerina as well as an actor, Sonoya has modeled for Ivy Park and Calvin Klein and has also appeared on La La Land

Did You Know?

  1. Crazy Rich Asians made crazy history on its opening weekend. The first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast in 25 years earned $34 million (almost P2 billion), making it the first rom-com in three years to open to over $20 million. 
  2. Many of the characters that the Young family interacts with in the book are actual people from Singapore's high society.
  3. The film's creators turned down life-changing money from Netflix because they felt that the movie deserved to be seen on the big screen (they were definitely not wrong). 
  4. Once word got out that the film was being made, luxury designers clamored for the stars to wear their clothes. Even Michelle Yeoh loaned jewelry pieces from her own collection for the film.
  5. The scene towards the end where the characters play Mahjong was not in the book but was added as a nod to The Joy Luck Club.

What I Think:

I cried, maybe twice. I really did, but I tried to hide it. I know Crazy Rich Asians is supposed to be a rom-com but I've been waiting for this film for years and I was just so happy while watching it! What sets it apart is that it's SO relatable. All that food (inside plastic containers) and all those family members and how they interacted with each other was so distinctly Asian. And I loved that author Kevin Kwan was deeply involved in the production because they got many details from the book right: the opening scene at the Calthorpe Hotel, Araminta's airport outfit, Eleanor's bible study group. Watching the film made me even prouder to be Asian.

I also loved the score and the soundtrack! I rarely hear non-English songs in Hollywood films and that version of Coldplay's "Yellow" practically tore me apart. 

AND THE CAST. Henry Golding. Constance Wu. Akwafina. Nico Santos. They brought the novel's characters to life, just as how I imagined them to be. For me, there were no lead actors, because the film managed to create on-screen characters with their own stories and personalities, their own problems and joys. There were so many quotes I wanted to write down, so many details I wanted to imprint in my memory. And I'm going to watch it at least three more times.

What My Friend Thinks:

"I waited so long to watch this story on the silver screen, and I can definitely say that it was worth the wait! I often find myself liking the books more than the film adaptations, but not in this case—the movie was just so well-made. The cast is perfect and the soundtrack is well-curated (I'm still listening to Cheryl K and Awkwafina's version of "Money" and I am OBSESSED with Kina Grannis' version of "Can't Help Falling In Love"!). 

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"I initially didn't understand why they said this was a rom-com, but after seeing it, it all made sense. It really is a story about love—in all forms. Did I tear up during *that* wedding scene? You bet I did. Did I gasp when I saw Kris Aquino on screen? Of course, I did! And do I now think that Henry Golding is God's gift to mankind? Hell yeah. 

"Overall, it is an A+ movie. I think this will be one of those films that will live on forever!" Retty Contreras, Managing Editor

I'd Recommend It To:

  • Soap opera lovers. A rich guy and a poor girl? A "scheming" mother? Crazy ex-girlfriends? Awesome houses, cars, clothes, and jewelry? You got it.
  • People who loved the book. Seriously, you won't be disappointed! 
  • EVERYONE. Seriously. Crazy Rich Asians transcends race and age and will restore your faith in rom-coms.  

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