Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians
PG-13 | 15 August 2018 (USA)
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An American-born Chinese economics professor accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only to get thrust into the lives of Asia's rich and famous.

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GrimPrecise

I'll tell you why so serious

Baseshment

I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.

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Griff Lees

Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.

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Bob

This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.

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mariboots-63328

This movie had the perfect combination of romance and comedy. The underlying theme is what any and every person can relate to. There were moments of laughter, tears, and empathy. The all-Asian cast was wonderful and have changed this Hollywood forever. I recommend going to see this movie and going to see it again.

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angelodestephano

Predictable, horrible wedding ring, and needed more action like the fast and the furious.

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jason-georgis

I truly wanted to like Crazy Rich Asians. I heard almost all good things leading up to it's release, which might have raised my expectations too much, but nonetheless I felt it was a bit of a let down. First, I'll talk about what I liked. The general camera work and cinematography did an excellent job at highlighting the vibrant lifestyles of the characters and showing off the Chinese culture in an incredibly stunning way. The shots of both the Singapore skyline as well as the more intimate shots of the city marketplace made me want to visit very badly. Another plus for this movie is the actress Awkwafina who plays a supporting role. She was without a doubt the funniest part of the whole movie and stole every scene she was in. However, scene stealing wouldn't be particularly hard in this movie as most scenes play out with little to no successful comedy. The lead actress, Constance Wu gives a completely flat performance that conveys neither humor nor accessibility. As the main character, it is a massive issue that she is portrayed as unrelatable and lifeless. None of the other actors do a bad job, but rather aren't given a whole lot to do in terms of acting or comedy (with the exception of Awkwafina). I also had some narrative issues with the story. Worst of all, I felt the main character Rachel had almost no agency in this movie. She goes from scene to scene with stuff happening to her along the way, to which she never responds until the final moments of the film. Like a lot of this movie, she felt very one dimensional and hollow. Another issue I had was the over stuffing of plot threads. I don't want to get into spoilers so I'll leave it vague, but I thought many of the story lines were either poorly set up or didn't tie into the climax in any way. The general story line is fine, a very by the numbers rom-com story, that didn't break any new ground, despite having characters and a setting that are often underrepresented on screen. I think all this surface level story with random side plots could have worked fine if the comedy worked better, but I felt most of the jokes fell flat, my theater got a few chuckles but certainly not what you'd expect. Also, interestingly, there were one or two scenes that made people laugh, however I believe this was unintentional. The scenes seemed to be meant to be taken seriously but were just somewhat ridiculous. I suspect the reason that this movie was unsuccessful to me in having compelling characters or fresh comedy was due to the type of lifestyle the characters lived. Although visually appealing, very few people can relate to the asian billionaires who are described as Chinese royalty. When I think of successful movies that show off another culture in a respectful and honest way, what comes to mind is The Big Sick. It was able to draw you in with characters that are of another culture but still operate on a more simple, grounded lifestyle like most people, making their story more compelling due to the accessibility of it. I'm sad that Crazy Rich Asians wasn't able to work on that level because I think it's an important movie for getting minority representation in four quadrant hollywood movies. Based on what I've seen of other reviews, I might be in the minority on this one, but I can't confidently say you'll like it.

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twilightgirl-15961

Crazy rich asians was funny, cute, and a perfect romantic comedy.

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