Nick Young (Henry Golding) takes his girlfriend Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) back home to Singapore for his best friends wedding. The complication is that he hasn’t told her that he’s heir to a fortune and his family are seemingly the richest people in the country.
Crazy Rich Asians is a film that comes to the UK with the advertising baggage of being a US smash hit. Currently having made $90 million from an estimated budget of only $30 million in the US alone. That baggage might perhaps raise expectations a little too much because other than the locations, fashion and bling on display it’s a film that is difficult to call anything more than “solid”.
It meets standard romantic comedy hallmarks. A couple deeply in love are presented obstacles (Nick’s traditional Chinese mother), musical montages show challenges being overcome (rich person make over) and finally a mad dash through a plane will see everything work out (at least it’s not the airport). It even has four comic relief characters. Awkwafina (Oceans 8) plays Rachel’s kooky university friend Peik Lin, Ken Jeong (The Hangover series) plays Peik Lin’s father, Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley) plays an outrageous groomsman and Nico Santos plays a gay family friend. Despite this, I didn’t find it consistently funny.
As far as negativity goes though that’s about it. All the actors are impressive and brimming with positivity. The scenes are put together with confidence and feature fantastic locales. The standout story for me in the film is that of Nick’s sister Astrid played by Gemma Chan. One that is elevated by Chan’s performance. And for any romantics out there the leads have chemistry and look suitably in love.
My biggest takeaway from it though is that I think I’d like to take a holiday in Singapore.