his week’s “Cogill Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing” podcast on reVolver Podcasts toasts a fun, funny new romantic comedy Gary thinks is a game changer for the genre, “Crazy Rich Asians.” To pair with the lavish life of our featured characters, the most lavish beverage of them all, Champagne. Particually one of the most expensive, Ace of Spades. Gary’s review of the film below. To listen to the show, click here or through your favorite podcast site, including Spotify, iTunes, IHeartRadio or Google Play.
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The Film: “Crazy Rich Asians”
“Crazy Rich Asians” jumps off the screen for two wonderful hours of over the top behavior, outrageous fashion, insightful comedy, extravagant celebrations, botox, face lifts, high end handbags, mean girls, champagne, fireworks, best friends, and ultimately two generous actors who command the screen with a sense of kindness and respect.
Yes, it’s a formula film, about a Manhattan couple who decide to travel to Singapore after a year of romance to meet his family and attend a wedding. One problem, his family, is not just rich, they are crazy rich, and it creates apparent chaos during their week-long journey.
Constance Wu (Fresh off The Boat) plays Rachel, the intelligent, wide-eyed economics professor in love with Nick Young, played with charming confidence by Henry Golding. Their chemistry is reminiscent of Nia Vardalos and John Corbett in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and helps make up for any lapses of logic in their romance.
“Crazy Rich Asians” features an all-star cast of actors including Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Nick’s disapproving mother, rapper Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8) as Rachels’ hilarious friend, and doctor turned actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover) as a wealthy Singapore resident out of touch with fashion.
Director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3) has created something rarely seen in films, an old-fashioned Hollywood comedy featuring an Asian American cast, and it works beautifully.
Fair representation in Hollywood works best when the film works, and in this fully realized romantic comedy, it’s refreshing to know the Asian American community appears to be fully represented on screen.
“Crazy Rich Asians,” is silly, extravagant, satisfying, and ultimately relatable. The wedding alone is worth the price of admission. I’ll see this one again.