The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers
What do you do when you find out that your seemingly "normal" boyfriend is actually? crazy rich? American born Chinese Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her beau Nick Young (Henry Golding) from New York to his native Singapore, where she is forced to deal with a disapproving mother, family drama, jealous socialites and an Asian life she is not at all familiar with. The filming of Kevin Kwan& # 39; s best selling novel the first Hollywood-produced film with an exclusive Asian cast since then The Joy Luck Club, that was released 25 years ago.
The short, fair plot
It has the glitz, glamor, drama and feeling of a "you and I against the world" rom-com, but this time with an ALL-ASIAN CAST (yay!), With Asian culture!
The actors and where you've seen them for the last time
Constance Wu as Rachel Chu
Constance is best known for her role as immigrant tiger mother of three, Jessica Huang, op Hot off the press.
Henry Golding as Nick Young
The British-Malaysian actor has organized several shows in recent years, including BBCs The travel show.
Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young
The Malaysian actress got her start as an actiester in Hong Kong and has made her name in Hollywood for films such as 007: Tomorrow Never Dies and the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series.
Akwafina as Goh Peik Lin
The hilarious comedian and rapper arrived earlier this year on the big screen Ocean & # 39; s 8.
Nico Santos as Oliver Tsien
Nico plays an immigrant named Mateo Liwanag on the NBC series superstore.
Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong
Gemma stars in the sci-fi drama people as Mia, a humanoid.
Ken Jeong as Goh Wye Mun
We have loved him on shows such as Dr. Ken and Community! He also played a guest role Hot off the press with Constance.
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Chris Pang as Colin Khoo
He's ready me, Frankenstein and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, and the Netflix TV series Marco Polo.
Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee
A ballerina and an actor, Sonoya has modeled for it Ivy Park and Calvin Klein and has also appeared on it La La Land.
Did you know?
- Crazy Rich Asians made crazy history during the opening weekend. The first Hollywood movie with a full Asian cast in 25 years earned $ 34 million (nearly P2 billion), making it the first three-year ROM com that is open for over $ 20 million.
- Many of the characters that the young family interacts with in the book are real people from the high society of Singapore.
- The makers of the film rejected Netflix because they felt that the film deserved to be seen on the big screen (they were absolutely not wrong).
- Once it became known that the film was made, luxury designers called the stars to wear their clothes. Even Michelle Yeoh borrowed jewelry from her own collection for the film.
- The scene at the end where the Mahjong characters play was not in the book, but was added as a nod The Joy Luck Club.
What I think:
I cried, maybe twice. I really did, but I tried to hide it. I know Crazy Rich Asians should be a rom-com but I have waited years for this movie and I was just so happy while watching! What makes it different is that it is so relatable. All that food (in plastic containers) and all those family members and how they interacted was so clear Asian. And I loved Kevin Koan, the author, who was deeply involved in the production because they had many details from the book: the opening scene at Calthorpe Hotel, Araminta airport equipment, Eleanor's Bible study group. I even watched the movie more proud to be Asian.
I also loved the score and the soundtrack! I rarely hear non-English songs in Hollywood movies and that version of Coldplay's "Yellow" tore me apart.
AND THE CASTING. Henry Golding. Constance Wu. Akwafina. Nico Santos. They brought the characters of the novel to life, just as I had imagined them. There were none for me lead actorsbecause the film succeeded in making characters on the screen with their own stories and personalities, their own problems and joys. There were so many quotes I wanted to write down, so many details I wanted to include in my memory. And I'm going to watch it at least three times.
What my friend thinks:
"I have waited so long to see this story on the silver screen, and I can certainly say that it was worth waiting! I notice that I like the books more often than the films, but not in this case – the movie was just so The cast is perfect and the soundtrack is well composed (I still listen to Cheryl K and Awkwafina's version of "Money" and I am OBSESSED with Kina Grannis "version of" Can not Help Falling In Love "!).
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"At first I did not understand why they said that this was a rom-com, but after I saw it, it all became logical: it really is a story about love – in all forms." Did I tear during * that * wedding scene? I guess I did that when I saw Kris Aquino on the screen? Of course, I did! And do I now think that Henry Golding is God's gift to mankind?
"All in all it's an A + film, I think this will be one of those films that will live forever!" –Retty Contreras, Managing Editor
I would recommend:
- Soap opera lovers. A rich man and a poor girl? An "intriguing" mother? Crazy ex-girlfriends? Great houses, cars, clothes and jewelry? You've got it.
- People who loved the book. Seriously, you will not be disappointed!
- EVERYBODY. Serious. Crazy Rich Asians transcends race and age and restores your belief in rom-coms.
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