Crazy Rich Asians is the movie that took the world by storm in 2018. Taking over $238,532,000 from the worldwide box office, it was the surprise romcom of the year. And now you can watch it for free if you have Amazon Prime. If you're looking for a fun movie that will provide plenty of laughs then you should definitely check it out.
The story begins back in the 1980s when, having been rudely treated at a hotel, Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All At Once, American Born Chinese) instantly buys it. More or less to stick it to the manager who asked her to leave. So instantly we get an insight into the level of money the Young family have and that they're not afraid to spend it.
Fast forward roughly 25 years and Nick Young is all grown up and living in New York. He has been dating Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an NYU economics professor for a year, and invites her to return to Singapore with him for a family wedding. The thing is that Rachel has no idea just how wealthy the Young family are, or how eligible Nick is. But she's about to find out.
While in Singapore she catches up with college friend Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina) who is from her own incredibly wealthy family. However, when she learns about the wedding invite she flips out and explains to Rachel that the Young's aren't just rich, they're crazy rich. Hence the name of the movie – Crazy Rich Asians.
So will Rachel fit in? Will she impress the matriarch of the family? Or will she even get that far as the single ladies in Nick's life have a target on her back? She may be a lovely girl but Rachel doesn't measure up. And they're all too quick to let her know it.
If you take this movie for what it is, it's a fun light-hearted bit of escapism. Sure, it's packed with greedy, rude people and plenty of gold-diggers, but that's more to laugh at them and their lunacy. They are the bad guys to Rachel's good guy character. Otherwise, what's the point of the film?
The whole purpose of Crazy Rich Asians is to take a hard-working, kind, young woman and use her to highlight the insanity of the uber-wealthy. Correction, the spoiled children of the uber-wealthy. And it does that really well. It's the Yin Yang of the haves and have-nots with a few laughs thrown in.
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