Not crazy about this ‘comic’ tale of rich Asians...

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - MORE - Matthew Bond

Crazy Rich Asians (12A)

★★ ar­rives af­ter en­joy­ing con­sid­er­able com­mer­cial suc­cess in the US and whip­ping up fair old dol­lops of ex­cite­ment and hype here too. But for the life of me, I can’t see why. First im­pres­sions were that it’s noisy, shouty and just not funny enough.

Maybe I just don’t have the right cul­tural ref­er­ence points, be­ing nei­ther Chi­nese, Chi­nese-Amer­i­can, nor hugely wealthy. But I do like a nice ro­man­tic com­edy, and this surely falls short.

Con­stance Wu plays Rachel Chu, a New York pro­fes­sor of eco­nom­ics who trav­els to Sin­ga­pore with her boyfriend, Nick Young, for a friend’s wed­ding. But what Nick (Henry Gold­ing) hasn’t told Rachel is that his fam­ily are crazy rich. Which makes Nick the most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor in Asia… and Rachel the most hated girl­friend. Let the fun be­gin… or not.

Harry Dean Stanton died a year ago this week­end at the age of 91, a fact you re­ally need to know be­fore see­ing Lucky (15) ★★★★ and one that turns a film that might other­wise have smacked of art-house in­dul­gence into some­thing that not only makes you think about the big stuff but gen­uinely moves too.

Stanton plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter, a Navy vet­eran liv­ing in the shadow of death in a small desert town. His daily rou­tine con­sists of yoga ex­er­cises, a visit to the diner to do his cross­word, af­ter­noon TV shows and an evening visit to the bar. It’s a slow and ini­tially gloomy tale but it con­founds our ex­pec­ta­tions quite beau­ti­fully and Stanton could pick up post­hu­mous nom­i­na­tions for his won­der­ful per­for­mance.

Shane Black ap­peared in the orig­i­nal Preda­tor in 1987; now he re­turns to co-write and di­rect The Preda­tor (15)

★★, a se­quel rather than a re­boot. Cue much rush­ing around and an aw­ful lot of shoot­ing as army sniper Quinn McKenna (Boyd Hol­brook) fool­ishly takes some alien sou­venirs from a crashed Preda­tor space­craft, only to re­gret it when a new ‘su­per-preda­tor’ ar­rives and wants them back. It has the odd mo­ment but with­out the likes of Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, Danny Glover or Adrien Brody the cast feels un­der-pow­ered. For hard-core fans only.

Su­per­fly (15) ★ is a re­make of the 1972 drugs thriller but made, this time around, in the style of one of those con­tro­ver­sial ‘gangsta rap’ mu­sic videos that cel­e­brate crim­i­nal wealth, gun vi­o­lence and the sex­ual ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women. Doesn’t re­ally chime with the times, does it?

Won­Der­Ful: Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

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