OUT NOW... CRAZY RICH ASIANS (12A)

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

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.

Pic­ture: Pa/warner Bros

Con­stance Wu as Rachel in Crazy Rich Asians.

Michelle Yeoh with Henry Gold­ing and Con­stance Wu

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