'Crazy Rich Asians' touted as Hollywood watershed

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

The movie reminded me of so much them, about how some would leave to go to a boarding school in the United Kingdom and how quite a few of them had British accents, and how we'd all use British slang like "tuck shop" (thanks colonialism!). Film critic Justin Chang has this review.

The Verdict: Like so many romantic comedies and/or melodramas about the highs and lows of people for whom money is no object, Crazy Rich Asians is explicitly in the business of lovingly rendered wealth porn, and your enjoyment of it will largely depend upon your tolerance for that sort of thing.

Wu plays Rachel Chu, an economics professor at New York University whose Singapore-born businessman boyfriend Nick Young (Golding) suggests a trip to the Far East.

The movie comes at a time of debate over "white washing" in Hollywood (hiring white actors to portray Asian characters) and complaints - from some - that industry inclusion has become a black and white issue.

As Rachel might say, sometimes you have to play the hand you're dealt.

The cast of the romantic comedy is led by "Fresh Off the Boat's" Constance Wu and Hollywood newcomer Henry Golding. You're probably going to fall in love with all of them, but we've whittled the cast down to the 11 sexiest actors and actresses in Crazy Rich Asians. "How it would feel if I was a kid to see that, to know you can be a handsome young man and all the world is your oyster".

When asked about the chances of a sequel, Chu told E!

WU: (As Rachel Chu) Aw.

Being in the scene with her was wonderful because she completely understands Eleanor Young.

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"I'm so proud to be part of this", Yeoh said.

Nick has marriage on the mind, whisking her off to his friend's wedding and to meet his folks, only for Rachel to find out his family are "richer than God".

More importantly it's the first Hollywood movie in a quarter of a century to feature an majority-Asian cast - a feat not matched since "The Joy Luck Club" in 1993 and one driving frenzied publicity in the world of USA entertainment. The British-Chinese actress Gemma Chan plays a glamorous style icon named Astrid Leong, one of the few Nick's inner circle to give Rachel a warm welcome. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. Also, you know, she was right there in the scene for all of my takes.

"I see Asian Americans, they leave these screenings and they're in tears". It also has an exaggerated eager-to-please quality that doesn't always serve the comedy, as if it were a little desperate to ensure that everyone gets the joke. Jon M. Chu told The Hollywood Reporter that although Warner Bros., the production company behind the film, outbid other traditional studios, Netflix also made an offer, complete with artistic freedom, a greenlighted trilogy and seven-figure minimum paychecks for each stakeholder.

Crazy Rich Asians is an old school rom-com that takes place in the opulent and over-the-top world of upper crust Singapore. Joe: "Retaliation", directs with a sharp eye and an exuberantly personal touch.

"Crazy rich" is an accurate descriptor for Nick's family and their class of friends.

"Crazy Rich Asians" ignores many tropes set for rom-coms. Romantic comedy, turns out, fits him like a glove. At the beginning of the movie, the main characters have already been dating for over a year.

"Crazy Rich Asians", a two-hour celebration of fabulous wealth, stunning clothes and idealized love, complete with heroine who has to out-fox her beau's imperious mother and vicious ex-girlfriend, is a faithful adaptation of the global bestseller by Singapore-American author Kevin Kwan.

SALLY YEH: (Singing in Cantonese). If it's done well (and many times it isn't), it shows us a attractive and glamorous royal or rich world that many of us dream of, then exposes its sordid underbelly.

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