Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) travels with her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, where he’s from. She learns that Nick’s family is actually wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. With all eyes on her, Rachel must now deal with the jealous socialites, weird relatives and — Nick’s disapproving mother.
Every year there are a handful of romantic comedies, and only a couple of those have the ability to create a buzz that make people want to see it. For me, in 2016 it was Sing Street. Last year it was The Big Sick. This year, we have Crazy Rich Asians. This story was so fun, I found myself laughing and smiling pretty much through the entire film. Constance, beautifully navigates her character through all the surprises she encounters whether good or bad. Her surrounding cast members all added their own special flare that had them all stand out. Especially, Awkwafina as Rachel’s friend from college, living in Singapore, Goh Peik Lin. She was the showstealer. I wish there might have been more scenes with her, but that might have been too much of a good thing.
However, I didn’t care for, that from time to time it seemed like they separated the two main characters too long to develop the roadblocks they were having to go through. But I know it was necessary so we could understand that they knew being together wasn’t going to be easy.
Regardless of the title, Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a story that is catered to one specific audience. There is a story that is relatable in one way or another to almost anyone. Not only will you enjoy the story, but I think you’ll really love the amazing backdrop of Singapore and Malaysia, where they filmed the movie.