OUT NOW... CRAZY RICH ASIANS (12A)
If Richard Curtis transplanted one of his frothy romantic comedies full of beautiful, privileged people falling in love across the class divide to the Far East, the result would be strikingly similar to Crazy Rich Asians.
Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, Jon M Chu’s crowdpleasing confection relies on well-worn genre tropes and lovingly gift-wraps every luxurious frame in the splendour of modern-day Singapore.
Chu’s film invests almost two hours showcasing the south-east Asian state’s breath-taking beaches, hotels, designer boutiques and street food.
If the island wasn’t already high on your list of dream holiday destinations, it will be before the end credits roll. Scriptwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim don’t stray from tried and tested romcom conventions and they arm the good-looking all-Asian cast with some crisp one-liners.
The upbeat soundtrack seamlessly melds east and west with Chinese Mandarin cover versions of familiar hits including Money (That’s What I Want) and Madonna’s Material Girl. Crazy Rich Asians is a sweet, heartfelt frolic through the battlefields of love, delivering uproarious laughter and tugged heartstrings.
Constance Wu as Rachel in Crazy Rich Asians.
Michelle Yeoh with Henry Golding and Constance Wu