Kevin Kwan’s best-selling debut novel Crazy Rich Asians, published by Anchor in 2013, got its film adaptation this year. For those who haven’t seen the film or read the book, here’s the plot: Rachel (Constance Wu) travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to attend his best friend’s wedding and eventually meet his family. She has no idea that Nick is one of Singapore’s most eligible bachelors, or that his family is one of the wealthiest clans in Asia. Rachel is thrown out of her element when she meets Nick’s steely, intimidating tiger mom, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh).
Crazy Rich Asians gives a charming, funny, and irresistibly fun look inside the extravagant, high-rolling antics of Asia’s elite. If that doesn’t convince you to check it out, here are five more reasons to do so.
1. All the fashion moments, especially Araminta and Colin’s wedding and reception are an indulgent, breathtaking display of wealth and excess. You’ll get inspired, and mostly drool over everything.
2. It’s a visual love letter to Singapore, as it shows off the city’s iconic landmarks and cuisine. Whether or not you’ve been to Singapore before, you’d want to travel there again. In the meantime, the film would have to do.
3. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll get your heart broken with the main characters Nick and Rachel. It’s a classic romantic comedy at heart.
4. The genuinely charming and impactful performances of the minor characters help boost the entertainment value of the film. Gemma Chan is captivating as the impeccably stylish Astrid Leong, and Awkwafina shines as Peik Lin, whose nouveau riche status makes her just as much of an outsider as Rachel. Ken Jeong is hilarious as Peik Lin’s father, especially when he instructed his children to finish their dinner with the line, “There are a lot of children starving in America!”
5. Crazy Rich Asians is the first major all-Asian Hollywood production in almost 25 years. That makes it a defining and refreshing work, since it tells the story of some of the Chinese immigrants in Singapore. It might just mark a watershed moment for Asian representation in Hollywood.
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