I bribed my 15 year old cousin to come and see this film with me, but we ended up both loving it anyway.
This film, from the adapted novel Crazy Rich Asians, is a MASTERPIECE.
Set in the paradise of Singapore, Nick Young takes his girlfriend Rachel Chu home to meet his family. Although he’s kept a secret from her: his family come from money, a lot of it.
Of course there are complications, of course there is drama: but that’s what makes this movie so great! We fall for Nick’s charming nature and Rachel’s kind heart, and absolutely we are rooting for them.
Each wonderful actor brings something to the table. Astrid is the kind, charitable billionaire who hides her expensive shopping from her husband. There’s Alastair, the film director, who is dating a gold digging actress and Eddie who is ‘all about family’ but he and his wife hate each other. There’s Bernard Tai, who throws his money on expensive parties and cheap women. Oliver is our rainbow sheep of the family, working in fashion and design. The girls are fake and hate Rachel instantly, especially Nick’s manipulative ex girlfriend.
This film has everything: catty women, funny one liners (looking at you Peik Lin) and cute chemistry between the Stars. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, and as any film critic knows, that’s the best type of film.
Nick and Rachel have decided to visit because it is Colin Khoo (Nick’s best friend) and Araminta Lee’s wedding. As is usual in the Chinese culture, this event is a large scale family affair, and the festivities start a few days before. There is a sit down dinner, a grand party, the stag do and hen parties and all sorts of amazing, grand gestures.
The catch is: Rachel was born in New York, making her Chinese-American and she comes from a single parent household. She is seen as foreign to the Young family. She works her bum off to try and get Nick’s family to accept her, but in the end they cast her out.
I won’t say too much more though, but I will assure you that there is a happy ending.
Although for me, the story wasn’t even about Nick and Rachel. The story was about Singapore. Of the culture, and the family feuds, and the wealth. This film highlighted the glory of Signapore and it sparked something in me. This film felt like home.