‘Crazy Rich Asians’ rolls in with comedy

September 6, 2018

Jon M. Chu and Jasmine Chen in "Crazy Rich Asians."

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Crazy Rich Asians,” which is rated PG-13 and currently playing in theaters.

Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is a college professor who travels to Singapore to attend a wedding with her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) and learns his family is incredibly wealthy in “Crazy Rich Asians.” Rachel finds herself being judged by some of Nick’s relatives and friends, especially Nick’s mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who doesn’t think Rachel is right for her son.

“Crazy Rich Asians,” which was directed by Jon M. Chu, is basically a love story focusing on Rachel and Nick with some comic moments provided by Rachel’s friend Peik Lin (Awkwafina) and some dramatic scenes involving Nick’s cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan), who is having marital problems.

A friend who attended this movie with me felt it moved along too slowly, and I had the same feelings about the first part of the film, which seemed intent on trying to show us the opulent lifestyles of Nick’s family and friends.

I enjoyed the part of the film where Rachel decides to impress Nick’s relatives with the way that she handles herself at the wedding. I thought it was a little unrealistic for a caring boyfriend to leave Rachel alone so much while in Singapore, especially when he knew how challenging the trip was going to be for her.

Wu, Golding and Yeoh are all quite good in their roles as is Lisa Lu as Ah Ma, Nick’s grandmother, who wants to leave a fortune to her grandson but also wants to have a say in his decision on whom to marry.

I enjoyed “Crazy Rich Asians” despite my plot concerns, including not being convinced the speech Rachel makes to Eleanor over a game of mahjong would have had the result that it did near the end of the film.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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