Hello there! I trust you’re all having a fantastic week, as befitting your overall fabulousness? This isn’t my usual weekend blurb, but I felt very strongly I should alert you to a flick opening today getting a lot of publicity. I refuse to let you walk around without being properly informed about something as important as this! So here goes…
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
I’m in awe of this flick for a couple of reasons. First off, I gotta hand it to Kevin Kwan—he got his novel produced! That’s quite a feat. And, he declined Netflix’s offer of great riches in exchange for exclusivity. Kudos to him—he’s got a nicely produced flick that’s being shown in theaters. Second, it features a mostly-Asian cast—another tremendous feat in Hollywood.
And… that’s where my admiration ends. This is a generic rom com about an attractive economics professor named Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) finding out just how rich her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) really is. Seriously, who in this day and age dates anyone without first doing an internet search on them? Anyhow, our sweetie is invited via the boyfriend to a swanky party in Singapore. She goes, and finds herself exposed to insane amounts of wealth and excess… and to potential in-laws who aren’t into her at all (Nick’s mother played by Michelle Yeoh).
If you’re into ogling wealth and celebs, this is the movie for you: primo real estate, food porn, fab clothes, cars, jewels, and of course, gorgeous people. Otherwise, it’s a bore. The jokes fail and the characters are mostly one-note. Yeah, we get it—these people are very rich. And??? Literally nothing happens. Despite the incredible potential for a great plot, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to keep things vanilla. All those delicious backstories just sort of… dangle. This is one of those flicks desperately crying out for a couple of psychos to brighten things up. To her credit, Awkwafina tries very hard to provide comic relief.
Still, I’m predicting it’ll be a hit. It has enough glitz and beauty to capture the eye, and just enough drama to (mildly) please, but not horrify. I’m almost sure there’ll be sequels—perhaps that’s why they’ve kept things so insipid: this is just the introduction to the characters, and there’s more to come. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s the word. Let me know if you see the movie, and what you thought of it. Have a great rest of the week!