In this modern day, the way of peace is about understanding cultures and trying to respect many things that come with someone’s values. No this isn’t a political paper for a social studies class, but it makes up a big theme of the movie I’m reviewing tonight. Tonight’s film is all about the traditions and heritage that comes with certain families and how they can complicate aspects of life for many. Naturally, we love the drama that comes with it, as it provides stories to become immersed into, especially when the pursuit of romance comes with. Based on a popular book, tonight’s rom-com hopes to bring a lot of people into the box office in hopes of wrapping up the summer with a good romantic aspect to tie us over. Will it work? Robbie K here to shed some light on the subject as he reviews:
Movie: Crazy, Rich, Asians (2018)
Fun: The movie is overall a fun take on the romantic-comedy aspect. It has plenty of drama, but somehow uses the traditions and culture to really craft an entertaining tale that incorporates a number of colorful characters to bring out the full emotion. In addition, the movie has a lot of aspects that the rich culture brings that brings more entertainment to please the masses that come to the film.
The Tasteful Jokes: You’ll need to go in expecting stereotypes, but based on what modern TV and movies can do these days, Crazy, Rich Asians keeps it quite tasteful. Clever wit, a well-timed joke, and the fantastic delivery of lines will have you howling in delight at all the awkwardness this situation brings. Even better, is how most of the jokes are well embedded into the story, and not just thrown in for the sake of making a joke. Throw in a little justice being dropped and the result is jokes that will have people nodding or smirking in delight at the pokes it brings.
The Gorgeous Set/Sequences: With crazy money, comes the ability to get super creative with the parties and celebrations that fill this movie to the brim. The elaborate houses are certainly a wonderful start, but the shores of Singapore are lined with tourist destinations galore that will have you craving a vacation sometime soon. As boats, towers, and shopping centers begin to unwind. In addition, the movie scores points at bringing a lot of fun into these immaculate settings, fully bringing out the fun and helping you dive into the celebrations at hand.
The Music: The music is fun, fresh, and in the Asian tongues and melodies that fit well into the movie. While certainly more covers than anything, Crazy Rich Asians does a nice job selecting tracks that either fully agree to the scene, or at least bring the emotions out in full force. This is certainly most prevalent at the romantic intense moments, primarily in the wedding you saw in the trailer.
The Characters: I’ve already said this before, but the movie’s characters are certainly my favorite aspect of the movie. Constance Wu and Henry Goldingare fantastic protagonists, managing to bring the passion out in full strength, but not cross over into corny levels as we often see. Gemma Chanand Michelle Yeohdo their parts justice as well, acting as subplots that run-in tangent with the main plot, but yet add to the story. In addition, their support of the main story keeps their involvement relevant and fun. Finally Awkwafinaand Nico Santos, steal the show in their own regards as they help amplify the fun and contribute to the growth of the characters in their own regard. As for the other collection of characters, they play their own part in crafting grandiose farces that are meant to only irritate the nerves of the audience.
The Cliché: It’s a romance movie, and sadly Crazy, Rich, Asian follows the tried and true plot of the genre. It’s formulaic, romantic bouts are flattering, sweet, and full of that mushy love Nicholas Sparks fans loves, yet it is so bluntly predictable that it makes for a yawn inducing plot at times. So, originality wise it doesn’t win points.
The Cheesy Tertiary Characters: Dramas are all about extreme characters to stir the pot and get people addicted to the madness to come. This film takes those moments a little too extreme, making these ridiculous characters even more eye rolling than needed. I could have stomached it better had they integrated this group into the plot, but sadly they were reduced to a diluted farce whose sole role was to bring a big joke, or jab at the main character. Not the best use of these groups, but hey at least we got a laugh.
The Incomplete Story: A book has load of time to develop the story and give you the in-depth details that many crave. The film though did it’s best to balance the imagination into a 2-hour run-time and keep it entertaining. While they accomplished the task of making the rich lifestyle explode on screen, and infuse the girl power, strong woman role, the other parts of the story were sub-par. I’ve hinted this up in the characters, but there was strong underutilization of characters, including Awkwafina, and I would have liked to see their involvement span out more. In addition, there were other family dynamics that showed potential, but then flunked out and went broke with only a few gags to try and recover.
Trailers Revealed Much: I don’t think there is much explaining, but there are a lot of scenes that have been elaborated too much by the trailers. So hopefully you haven’t been obsessed watching the trailers too much.
Overall, Crazy, Rich, Asians works for the romance movie, not crossing too far into the cheesy realm, but still not escaping it either. You will find the scenes fun, entertaining, and at times charming, but the film is also a spectacle of what you can do with obscene amounts of money. Still, the formulaic presentation is rather stale and incomplete, meaning you should rent the book and get the full story. My recommendations are it is worth checking out, but better reserved for the home viewing over the actual theater minus maybe a date movie or girl’s night out.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 6.0