Movie Review: “Crazy Rich Asians” is a welcome surprise to end the summer

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When the summer is ending, usually the movies that are released are the last of the blockbusters. All the superhero movies have passed, the animated wonders have gone, and the movie theaters are all empty. However, this year’s final days of summer had a very welcome surprise in “Crazy Rich Asians.” Not only was it a fantastic film in its own right, it is absolutely one of the best movies of the summer.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is about a budding romance between a young economics professor Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, and her boyfriend Nick Young, played by Henry Golding. The two decide to travel to Singapore for a friend’s wedding, and also so Rachel can meet Nick’s family. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Nick’s family is wealthy beyond her wildest dreams, and she will need to prove herself to the snobby and elitist Young family.

The story takes some great twists and turns, and while it can get predictable at times, the ending is still extremely satisfying, and the door is even left open for a sequel. There are so many intertwined storylines that come together in the end, and the movie makes sure to address each and every one before the final credits roll.

This film is one of the freshest and greatest new films to come out in quite some time. It was based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, and the story is really quite magical. While the idea of a “lowly” significant other having to prove themselves to the rich family isn’t new, it works so well in this new locale and with this incredible cast.

Every single actor and actress plays their parts wonderfully. The Asian community has not had many great opportunities to lead films for wide American audiences, but this film was a grand slam from top to bottom. Constance Wu and Henry Golding are supported by a phenomenal cast that consists of Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Ken Jeong and Awkwafina, among many others, and not a single character felt out of place.

So far, “Crazy Rich Asians” has been extremely successful at the box office. Audiences have continued to come out to see the film for many weeks now, and the great word of mouth has helped this out immensely. Do yourself a huge favor and go watch this movie, because it is very hard to be disappointed in something this great. It is a great ending to the summer movie season, and it will carry us all the way to the end of the year. “Crazy Rich Asians” is crazy tons of fun, and I for one cannot wait to see where the characters go next.