Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a Chinese-American economics professor from NY is invited to the wedding of her boyfriend Nick Young’s (Henry Golding) best friend in Singapore. As she voyages across the world with her man, she’s to find out a lot many unknown facts about him and his family including the fact that they are among the richest families in Singapore.
Positive Points: –
- Production values. This flick is visually eye-pleasing and is vibrant with great sets, locations and even costumes.
- The climactic sequence. No matter how everything else was, the sweetness of the final montages was irresistibly charming.
Negative Points: –
- Visually eye-pleasing and cinematically an eye-sore, that’s Crazy Rich Asians for you folks!
- The film tries too hard to make you laugh. Its comical gigs are too hackneyed to even like them, let alone laugh at them.
- Forget about the tepid humour, even its storyline has nothing novel to offer. We have seen movies like this infinite times in not just Hollywood but in almost every industry across the world.
- Neither the story nor its characters impart any emotional strength to the film in its entire runtime.
- There are so many illogical elements in it that I stopped questioning the film’s events on rationale terms after the first 30 minutes.
The General Aspects Of The Film: –
I’m not sure where to start censuring this ridiculous romantic-comedy! If I were to wrap it up in one sentence, I would say that Crazy Rich Asians is nothing but Veere Di Wedding made in Hollywood minus the chick-flick angle. Now, any Indian reading this would know how terrible this film must be. To be honest, I was really looking forward to it thanks to the enormous positive views showered upon it by movie reviewers and film critics alike. Having my hopes elevated, I probably had the worst experience wasting about 2 and half hours of my life and ₹350 of my hard-earned money (excluding food and travelling) on this ludicrous piece of cinema-work.
The only strength (if I were to call it) of this Jon Chu directorial lies in its production. Beautiful sets, beautiful locations, beautiful people donning beautiful costumes, Crazy Rich Asians is nothing but an excerpt from a 5-year old’s drawing book which is filled with a lot of colours, often vibrant, but meaning little or nothing; the only difference is that we like the latter. The film starts faltering from its very opening sequence which not only witnesses some perplexing camera angles but also amounts to nothing fruitful in actual. The film is so logically farced that it begins to assault your senses pretty soon after its opening montage. Rachel who is a very good economics professor in New York doesn’t even know that her boyfriend’s family is one the richest in Asia and that he is a wannabe bachelor, something which everyone around him is aware of! Even her friend Goh, who resides in Singapore and is well aware of the Young family and its prominence, doesn’t know where they live! And not to mention Eleanor’s (Nick’s mother) disgust for Americans for being Americans (duh!) when she herself exhibits British characteristics! There are many, many, many questionable moments throughout the film which need a separate series of articles to be covered (don’t ask me to waste my time on that).
Accepting the lack of rationality in the film when one looks around the other aspects of Crazy Rich Asians, there’s again a lot more things nettling. A movie based on Asians where most characters speak either British or American English is less fulfilling to its premise. There’s nothing new to find out in either its story or its character or even their relations and let’s just forget about the humour which is bland, clichéd and appalling to one’s taste of comedy. Most of the characters are awfuly built uo and depiction . Character development is weak and it’s a shame that Eleanor (played by Michelle Yeoh) is crafted unidimensionally and largely unrefined though she could have been a very remarkable personality in the story. Many character interactions were promising but were left dangling such as Astrid’s relation with her husband (which again has its own questionable aspects). The most disappointing thing about the entire film is its focus on the elite and the way it ignores the poor and minorities. It’s time that people saw rom-coms relating to more grounded people who are deeply troubled by life and don’t have the luxuries enjoyed by the aristocrats. Though Rachel’s character is somewhat like that, it’s potential is not thoroughly exploited.
There’s nothing too great or memorable in any of the performances. Constance Wu and Henry Golding are charming and share a good chemistry, but as performers, they are just fine. Michelle Yeoh is amazing as the stoic and rigid Eleanor but it’s sad that the makers couldn’t make the best out of her character and her acting talent. Nora Lum, Nico Santos and Ken Jeong provide the film with some workable comic relief. Gemma Chan is pretty good in her sympathetic character. The rest of the cast members are too risible to even get a mention here.
Final Verdict: –
People in America have a habit of going crazy over anything which they think connotes to racism issues and I’m not surprised that they welcomed a film about Asian-Americans but I wished they (and even others) at least cared about its cinematic quality! As stated before, Crazy Rich Asians is as terrible as Veere Di Wedding, both being too pretentious in their visual display (and not to forget the blatant brand advertisements) but having little or nothing to offer on their thematic and filmic fronts. For me, this was a two-hour long brain fart which I wished I had never cared about.