Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988/

Score: 6.5/10

Crazy Rich Asians is a cookie cutter romantic comedy that gives a small, vague, fictional glimpse at wealthy, Singaporean Chinese culture. The main draw is Chinese people. It reminded me of the love behind Black Panther when, in my opinion, Black Panther was only about as good as Doctor Strange. It reminded me of the saying that in order to win an Oscar, all you need to do is make a Holocaust movie. In other words, this is an average genre movie that plays on racial biases in order to be successful.

An American born Chinese woman travels with her boyfriend to meet his Singaporean family and discovers that he’s part of one the wealthiest families in the world. Now this woman must find a way to overcome prejudices and disapproval in order to stay with her boyfriend and win the approval of his family.

There’s not much to say about this movie. It’s your classic romantic comedy where someone needs to meet their significant other’s family and gain their approval. What’s unique about this film is that it largely takes place in Singapore and gives a glimpse into Chinese-Singaporean culture. I’m not going to bother trying to explain the nuances of Singaporean culture and its distinctions from other Asian or ethnically Chinese cultures.

It’s a superficial look into an arguably complex subject matter, similar to how Black Panther only lightly touched upon certain race issues. Like in Black Panther, I would’ve liked more nuance but that likely would have alienated audiences.

Additionally, if you like glamour and fashion, you’ll likely be satisfied here.

Overall, this was an okay movie. It’s light, simple, and likely what most people want from a romantic comedy, just with more Asians.

Score: 6.5/10

2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

  1. Alex Yong September 7, 2018 / 1:27 am

    I still find the trailer cringeworthy. However, I will see this movie. Sometime. As someone born in Singapore (but I no longer live there), how can I not?

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  2. elliot September 7, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Haha yeah, I don’t think this is Black Panther for Asians, but what other movie is there that is this visible and stars Asians, much less Singaporeans? No choice really buddy.

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