In John M Chu's "Crazy Rich Asians," Constance Wu plays Rachel Wu, a young woman who has fallen in love with the famous Nick Young (Henry Golding). Young's family in Singapore is, as the title suggests, rich beyond belief.
Nick and Rachel travel to Singapore for a family wedding where Rachel, unaware of the wealth she is getting into, meets Nick's entire family, some of whom aren't too welcoming of her presence. Many members of Nick's family see Rachel as a gold-digger, and it's up to her to gain the respect of Nick's intimidating and disapproving mother, Eleanor Young, played by Michelle Yeoh.
"Crazy Rich Asians" has a promising ensemble cast. Many of the performers in this film are new, although there are some familiar faces, such as Ken Jeong ("The Hangover") and Ronny Chieng ("The Daily Show"). The lead cast, however, consists mostly of new actors -- and promising ones at that. The abundance of characters is impressive, but the screenplay still seems to be disengaging.
The film has a lot going for it and shows its talents better toward the end. The first half of the film, however, seems to go nowhere and has no purpose but to show rich people being ritzy and stuck-up. The plot doesn't really kick in for a while, and when it does, it's not as unique or original as hoped.
From start to finish, "Crazy Rich Asians" is full of romcom stereotypes, including: men with their shirts off; a disapproving parent; multiple proposals; cheesy humor; and romance on an airplane.
The film may be enjoyable for some, but for those sick of the same romcom themes occurring over and over, "Crazy Rich Asians" isn't going to be much help. It's got plenty of heart and humor, for sure, but isn't as emotionally engaging as other similar films, such as "Love, Actually" or "When Harry Met Sally". It's missing the flare that makes certain romcoms so lovable.
Plenty of the humor in "Crazy Rich Asians" falls flat as there are plenty of eye-rolling jokes and gags that just seem ridiculously out of place. There are funny moments here and there, but from a comedy standpoint, "Crazy Rich Asians" doesn't fulfill the need. The humor is one of the main reasons some moviegoers venture out to the theaters for the romcom genre, and its absence in this film is a bigger hole than expected.
This new romcom has its moments and there some elements of the movie that can be very enjoyable. The only issue is that it doesn't seem to stay that way.
The inconsistencies make the film much less enjoyable than it could have been, which makes for an average and disappointing film.
Worst character: Eddie Cheng
Cheesiest moment: The "surprise" toward the end