Crazy Rich Asians
A New Yorker in Singapore meets her potential in-laws.
To sell Crazy Rich Asians mostly as an Asian-American cultural breakthrough “would do the picture a great disservice,” said Stephanie Zacharek in Time. Besides being the first Hollywood film to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, last weekend’s top-grossing movie in the U.S. is “simply great fun—a winsome romantic comedy and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.” It all begins with the lead couple, played by “charming” co-stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding. Wu’s Rachel Chu is a New Yorker who learns her beau is from a rich Singaporean family when she joins him on a trip home for a wedding and is instantly overwhelmed by the opulence and snubbed by her prospective mother-in-law. Luckily, this fish-out-of-water tale “has a lot more going for it than its literal money shots,” said Emily Yoshida in NYMag.com. Awkwafina, playing a garrulous old friend of Rachel’s, “more or less” steals the film, and the true tension is between the elitism of Michelle Yeoh’s moneyed lioness and Rachel’s allegiance to her hardworking immigrant mom. It’s a comedy of many layers, said Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post. At the same time, it “pushes every pleasure button of inveterate rom-com fans.” ■