Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday Movie #Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Movie Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Released: August 15, 2018
Directed by: Jon M Chu
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Nico Santos Lisa Lu, Michelle Yeoh & Ken Jeong. 
Based on:  Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Run Time: 120
Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (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 (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can't buy love, it can definitely complicate things. ~~~ From Rotten Tomatoes Website.

I highly recommend you go see this movie. My sisters and I went last Tuesday and just fell in love. It was an amazing movie, but a very different experience for me. I fell in love with the premise of the story and of course, now I want to go to Singapore. I think I fell in love with the scenery a little more than the story.  

I had just finished watching To All the Boys I've Loved Before (again) and I was excited to see another movie featuring an Asian cast. This movie was stunning. I absolutely loved how they used the location of Singapore as both a glorious backdrop and also like a character in the movie.  

While it dealt with one of my favorite tropes of the protagonist not knowing the person they are dating/engaged to is a person in disguise the movie also has some depth to it.  I loved how the movie touched on the struggles that immigrant children face when returning to the 'home country'.  I truly felt it when her mother made the comment about her being different on the inside while retaining all that is Chinese on the outside.  

I was absorbed by the different storylines and characters within the main overarching story.  As we get introduced to the family we realize they are far more complex & complicated than Nick has led Rachel to believe.  Being thrown into the festivities for the wedding, being in Singapore when she's never been there before and meeting his daunting and super successful family, she would have been lost if it wasn't for her best friend from college and her family's backing.  

I just loved the friendships and the different relationships within the story. While many might call the mother the villain I totally got what she was saying, but didn't agree with her execution, especially after we get more of her background.  The story progressed beautifully and there were moments that I didn't agree with Rachel's handling of certain situations.  The story unfolded wonderfully and of course that wedding scene??? I totally want to get married just so I can do it that way. My gawds that was amazing. I loved the humor the wit, and of course the romances that were advancing and developing.  

I could gush about the movie for hours because there were serious moments as well and even after I saw it I learned that a key scene has an even deeper meaning. I'm going to link out to my favorite review so far and let you know that it's a spoiler review so watch only if you've already seen the movie or if you want a more in-depth look before you go to see the movie.  

Bring popcorn a few tissues and enjoy my loves,

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