In extremely good news, Crazy Rich Asians is currently holding a 100 per cent fresh rating on the Tomatometre according to the 13 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Crazy Rich Asians is the first entirely Asian-American cast since The Joy Luck Club, a whopping 25 years ago.
With that said, it’s obvious there’s a shit-ton riding on this film. A number of people are afraid that if Crazy Rich Asians is and performs poorly, well – it seems unlikely there’ll be another like it so the pressure is on. But as Variety put it in their review:
“Crazy Rich Asians” won’t bomb, and while it won’t beat “Black Panther” either, the film is every bit as exciting in the way it takes an ethnic group that is seldom given more than one or two supporting roles per movie and populates an entire blockbuster with memorable, multidimensional Asian characters.
Based on the 2013 best-selling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, Constance Wu plays New Yorker Rachel Chu, your average gal accompanying her partner of several years, Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his good friend’s wedding in Singapore. Sounds sweet enough although as we quickly learn, Nick has a bit of a secret. He actually belongs to one of the richest families in Singapore.
This new information hurls Rachel into a whole new world where she finds herself trying to figure out how people with lots of money live. Although this may sound like a treat, Rachel also has to deal with the judgement from the rich-people’s society and most importantly, Nick’s mother, who absolutely disapproves of her son’s partner.
Love me a spicy romcom.
So according to the critics:
Indiewire titled their review “Jon. M Chu’s Groundbreaking Rom-Com Is A Lush, Loving, Wildly Entertaining Ride,” and gave it a grade of B+.
Without spoilers: “Fans of Kwan’s books will not be disappointed by Chu’s adaptation, as “Crazy Rich Asians” lovingly brings to life some of the novel’s standout scenes.”
As mentioned, Variety gave the film the thumbs up and described it as a “fresh twist on the princess-movie formula”.
Vanity Fair thought it was a lot of fun but lacked OOOMPH. And The Hollywood Reporter, though writing the film had its faults in pacing, judged it as an overall charming and “genuinely uplifting” experience and a “slick, highly entertaining package.”
And then there are these goodies:
Crazy Rich Asians will debut in Australia, August 30, 2018.