Crazy Rich Asians, Best Rom-Com of 2018! – Movie Review

I’ve been looking forward to seeing Crazy Rich Asians, so I finally got the chance to check out the movie over at Merlin Cinemas’ Scala in Prestatyn.

The romantic comedy, Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her long-time boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can complicate things.

Those of you that have read my reviews, will know of my love of Sci-Fi and horror movies, but every once in a while something comes along that brings a big grin to my face as soon as the movie starts and Crazy Rich Asians is one of those film, very much like La La Land did when I saw it in the cinema.

The movie has some brilliant characters that bring the film alive, such as the very memorable and funny Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina) who as some brilliant lines that some of the laughs to the film.

Ken Jeong and Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Peik Lin Goh: Chinese sons think their moms fart Chanel No. 5.Click To Tweet

Another stand out character for me was Oliver T’sien (Nico Santos) who kind of reminded me of Gok Wan, but again this is a character that has some brilliant lines that gave my chuckle muscles a little workout.

Oliver T'sien : Your skin is so dry it's hurting my face.Click To Tweet

Crazy Rich Asians also has the brilliant Michelle Yeoh as Nic’s mother and we are introduced to her character when right at the start of the film when Eleanor Young (Yeoh) and her children arrive at a hotel, only to be turned away by the staff, but then she returns after a phone call to her husband who is the new owner of the building and this is where we learn that the Young’s are rich, very rich.

Skipping forward some years, Nick Young (Henry Golding) is now grown up and dating Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and is yet to be introduced to his mother and the rest of the family, cue a great sequence as Social Media goes wild as a photo of the two is spread around the world and eventually finds its way to Nick’s mother!!

Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians is so nicely edited together and are so much fun to watch, the cast is brilliant and there is a nice moment when we meet Peik Lin Goh’s family and her father, played by Ken Jeong. The film looks great and the vibrant look and feel of Singapore is so nicely done, with some great wide angle shots of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which is such a stunning site to be seen.

Look out for the Bachelor party that ends up being in international waters and is probably one of the craziest and most extravagant parties that you will ever see, also look out for the bazooka and the girl standing behind it.

The music in the film is also something that had me grinning as soon as Crazy Rich Asians started and throughout the film, there are wonderful Asian versions of some of the most popular Western songs that you start humming to in your head, such as Madonna’s Material Girl which works brilliantly.

So as I mentioned earlier, Crazy Rich Asians probably isn’t my usual genre of movie, but I found myself being pulled into the movie, laughing and even a moment when I found myself becoming quite emotional during Nick’s best friend’s wedding, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie and I have to say as Rom-Coms go this has been one of my favourites that I have seen over the years.

Best Rom-Com of 2018!
Crazy Rich Asians Official Artwork (2)

Movie title: Crazy Rich Asians

Movie description: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Date published: 2018-09-27

Director(s): Jon M. Chu

Actor(s): Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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Summary

Probably one of the best romantic comedies that I’ve seen in 2018, Crazy Rich Asians has it all, comedy, good characters and of course, romance.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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