Crazy Rich Asians: Movie Review
By: Matt Suzara
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) almost has everything in life. She is smart and career oriented and has a handsome bachelor boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) who really love her. However, when Rachel accompanies Nick to a friend's wedding in Singapore, she learns that her boyfriend who frequently uses his Jamba Juice card is one of the wealthiest families in the entire region. Excited to meet Nick's family, Rachel tries to be true to herself but a lot of eyes are already rolling including Nick's mom Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh). Will Rachel find acceptance to Nick's family or will she give up and hit the reset button?
Romantic-comedy films come and go through the years but Crazy Rich Asians is probably here to stay for quite a while. It is genuinely pleasing and is neatly done by director Jon Chu, who already hinted about the upcoming sequel for this film. The movie is welcomed by critics abroad despite having an all Asian-cast.
We've all seen this formula before but what made this film stand out is kept the story simplistic without having cliched or foolish arguments that drag everything down. The central characters of Constance Wu and Henry Golding are both palpable by all means, and both are surrounded with outstanding talents to compliment their work. Constance's portrayal is uplifting, and she was able to shine brightly throughout. Same with Henry Golding who happens to play a Christian Grey type of role minus the sexual and weird fantasies in mind. The two is a great pick-up to play the lead part as they flourish the story with their incredible and believable acting.
The supporting casts are pretty awesome too with Michelle Yeoh claiming the spotlight whenever she is on the screen. The veteran star continues to impress and was one of the main highlight in this film. You also had a reliable Awkwafina to produce the comedy material for the play. Her energy is just overflowing and mostly had the audience laughing with his comical skills. Other casts like Gemma Chan, Ken Jeong and Sonoya Mizuno all provided quality minutes plus Filipino pride's Nico Santos and Kris Aquino both raising our flags in this Asian star studded affair.
Overall, Crazy Rich Asians is an enjoyable romantic comedy film bolstered by its charming cast. It is enticing and glamorous as a whole and delivers a crowd-pleasing story to remember.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out f 10 stars
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh
Directed by: Jon Chu
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Now Showing in PH cinemas