September 24, 2018
Issue 11 2018
Film Review

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

4/5 stars

A mash up of the Hollywood rom-com and the Chinese soap opera, Crazy Rich Asians was a heart-warming watch.

Set mostly in Singapore, the film centres on the relationship of Nick Young (Henry Golding), heir of the impressively wealthy Young Family Corporation and “immigrant nobody” Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) from New York. It shows the glitzy glam of the wealthy Chinese in Singapore, and around the world, while testing the norms of the western perceptions of Asia. My favourite line of the film (no spoilers involved) was “think of all of the starving children in America.” That’s not something you hear that often. The film turned our expectations on their head and despite the glitzy wealth of the Young family, there was a reality to the film and the subject matter.

This is the first time I have seen an English language film with an entirely Asian cast. It was awesome. Spectacularly acted, with amazing scenery from the depths of the island of Singapore, a film that brings back my desire to watch rom coms. Even my dad enjoyed it! Crazy Rich Asians is definitely worth a watch, even just to see something new and refreshing on the scene.