Let me start off by saying that this movie is fun. Has the story been told before? Yes. Has it been told with this diverse of a cast? Not likely. It really brings home that no matter the culture, or where you’re from, parents want largely the same things for their children. Sure, there are differences among our beliefs, but when you boil it down to its essence. We just want better for our children than we had. This is on amazing display in Crazy Rich Asians.
This movie, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a professor of Economics, to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Her boyfriend is Nick Young (Henry Golding), whose family is one of the richest families in Singapore. He is a year overdue coming home to take over the family business and his mother (Michelle Yeoh) is not happy about his new guest.
The movie is certainly cliché at times, but it makes up for it in wholesome charm. It knows what type of movie it wants to be and nails it. It’s a pretty good adaptation of the book, and considering how well it is doing at the box office, we may just see a sequel or two.
Overall this movie is definitely worth seeing. Is it worth today’s ticket prices? Probably not. But if you have a Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), then you ought not wait too long. See it as soon as you can. Then you can play chicken with your friends on who saw it first. Bock Bock.