Excerpt: It’s a very enjoyable romantic comedy with endearing leads. Hopefully, it will open the floodgates for more films that can speak to the experience of other people who have been similarly underserved.
Excerpt: In a time when the best rom-coms or rom-drams seem to be of the indie variety, Hollywood’s game has changed. Crazy Rich Asians is a celebration of love, sumptuous extravagance and representation in cinema that so many deserve to see.
Excerpt: An opulent, juicy, splendidly silly, tears-of-joy spectacle reminiscent of the escapist fluff of 1930s Hollywood… yet also a romantic fantasy that a progressive, feminist gal can actually feel good about.
Excerpt: They have always existed — the Asians who indulge, with looks fitting for a life-long GQ photoshoot, live in homes that turn 90210 into random digits and have pockets deep enough to buy deeper pockets — but it’s their foil that has the higher profile … This is a picture in need of an update, and what Crazy Rich Asians brings is exactly that, even if the patch notes can be summed up as ‘new hand’ more than ‘reinvented game.’
Excerpt: Since the early days of cinema, romantic comedies have been a central part of the film landscape. While their efficacy and credibility have waxed and waned over the years, there are a handful of exemplary features that crop up from time to time even in the midst of a meager period. “Crazy Rich Asians” is a genuinely engaging, emotionally fulfilling pop of excitement in our dull modern landscape.
Excerpt: There are dozens of memorable supporting characters and some involved subplots, but Crazy Rich Asians juggles all of them without losing viewers in the process. Nobody explains how mahjong is played, but we can tell if Rachel owns the table.
Excerpt: Crazy Rich Asians is therefore less about love than understanding. And every little detail works towards exposing what that means on a small (vindictive game theory) and large (a pointed prologue setting up subsequent internal racism) scale.
Excerpt: Ten years ago, Joss Whedon & Co. recorded a show business parody entitled Commentary! The Musical, which included a satirical lament about the stereotypical supporting roles to which Asians are relegated in movies and TV (“the goofy mathematician, the computer technician, a wise old healer from Japan, a short but wealthy businessman”). But in Crazy Rich Asians, Asians get to play the stereotypical leading roles, in addition to (nearly) all of the supporting parts.