When Crazy Rich Asians came out, it was all anybody ever talked about. Every person I know has seen it. So much so that a friend had us over at his place to make dumplings. But unlike the opulent, Young family, who had an army of kitchenhands to do all the prep work, we had to make do with our bumbling selves, and limited kitchen paraphernalia including only one rolling-pin and one wooden board. Yep, it took us forever. And the results wouldn’t pass Amah’s standards, not by a long shot. BUT it was good fun! Anyway, I am getting sidetracked. With this said, I can say that Crazy Rich Asians is quite good at depicting the details of the Chinese culture. The importance of food (oh my gosh, they were so mouth-watering) and family. I enjoyed the whole slew characters, some stood out more than the others. Michelle Yeoh in particular was so amazing and so convincing. You cannot help but cower a little bit when you see her. Gemma Chan as Astrid Young also somehow stuck to me. A strong, powerful woman who had to hide that strength so as to not make her insecure husband feel emasculated. Awkwafina as Peik Lin is as superb as ever. I just wish they had done away with the crazy blonde wig, and the quirky outfits. She doesn’t need any comedic crutches to be funny. I was not quite so enamored of the male lead, Nick Young, though. In a lot of ways, you kind of forget about him, he gets swallowed by all the other brilliant women in the cast.
Rom-com wise, I didn’t feel the “rom” that much. No butterflies in my stomach. Nothing. I don’t really know why. They look good together. Perhaps maybe because the true stars of this movie is not really the couple, but the dynamic between the mother-in-law to be and the bride-to-be. This is a Cinderella story, yes. But at its core, it is a fish out of the water story. It speaks of how an immigrant has that neither here nor there feeling. A stranger in both her immigrant country and her mother country. How Michelle Yeoh, the mother-in-law-to-be and Rachel Chu, the bride-to-be is grappling with this perceived difference between themselves. Sure, she is not rich enough for her son because who is? But she is also apparently not Chinese enough.
Also I love, love the soundtrack! The Chinese versions of English songs are a lot of fun! It was quite a nice touch that added some pizzaz to the movie in my opinion.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Wo Ai Ni!