FILM REVIEW : Crazy Rich Asians

The rom-com is back!

There has been a severe lack of commercially-successful, wide-release romantic comedies for viewers to sink their teeth into in recent years.

But now, with the release of Crazy Rich Asians, the fun, hilarious rom-com has made its triumphant return.

The film is filled with good feelings and is a genuinely great way to spend a couple of hours.

And, more remarkably, the cast is almost entirely made up of actors of Asian descent.

The last time a majority-Asian cast was assembled for a major Hollywood movie was 1993’s The Joy Luck Club – that’s 25 years.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the successful novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, who also serves as a producer on the film.

Life of luxury: Awkwafina, Nico Santos and Constance Wu star in the hugely enjoyable, fantastic time that is Crazy Rich Asians, rated M, in cinemas Thursday.

Life of luxury: Awkwafina, Nico Santos and Constance Wu star in the hugely enjoyable, fantastic time that is Crazy Rich Asians, rated M, in cinemas Thursday.

It follows lovebirds Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) as they travel to Singapore for the latter’s best friend’s wedding.

Little does Rachel know, Nick’s family are practically royalty in Singapore and she’s about to experience the life of the insanely wealthy.

Nick’s family is obscenely rich – they’ve got guards at the gates of their ridiculously huge mansion, they turn heads on the street and they buy million dollar earrings without batting an eyelid.

The whole journey is a massive eye-opener for Rachel, who has lived modestly in America her whole life and has no experience with ‘old money’ Chinese families.

She must contend with the expectations of her boyfriend’s family, especially his mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who don’t believe a commoner like Rachel is good enough for their golden boy.

Apart from being an awesome, romantic, family drama, Crazy Rich Asians is truly hilarious.

Most of the best laughs come from Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover) as Rachel’s college friend Peik Lin and her father Wye Mun.

Their family is pretty wealthy as well – though nowhere near the Youngs – and they school Rachel through what she needs to know to survive.

There’s really no surprise Crazy Rich Asians is the number one movie in America right now – it’s fantastic.

Watch it immediately – you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 8.5/10