If you're looking for an emotion-drenched romance full of beautiful people and with an epic ending--the kind of ending I try to write in my romance novels--this movie is for you.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, the screenplay is by Peter Chiarelli (known for The Proposal and Eagle Eye) and Adele Lim (probably known for her TV work like Reign, Lethal Weapon, Star-crossed, Missing, Private Practice).
Jon M. Chu (actor, writer, director, producer) directed and as you can tell by my rave review, he did an amazing job.
If you're a big fan of the novel, Crazy Rich Asians, you might be interested in the changes that were made to bring the book to the big screen.
One of the screenwriters, veteran television writer and producer, Adele Lim, discusses it here.
Cast and Characters
The actors gave riveting performances. The cast was huge since most Asian families are like families in the South with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents--inlaws and outlaws--on both sides of a marriage are all included.
Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, the heroine
Kheng Hua Tan as Kerry Ch, her mother
Henry Golding as Nick Young, the hero
Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young, the hero's mother
Lisa Lu as Ah Ma, the matriarch of the family
Gemma Chan as Astrid Young Teo, one of the cousins whose performance was memorable even though she wasn't on screen very much.
Pierre Png as Michael Teo, Astrid's husband, perfect in his role as commoner married to a princess
Awkwafina as Peik Lin Goh, comic relief as the former college roommate
Chris Pang as Colin Ku, the bridegroom
Sonoya Mizuno as Araminta Lee, the bride
The wedding scene is breathtaking. I wonder if brides everywhere will be trying to re-create the flowing water scene.
What can I say but go see this movie for yourself. It's simply a wonderful romantic movie with everything you want in a romance. Best unintended message? Even crazy rich people have the same wants and needs as other people.
Best overt message? Love makes you become more than you were before you loved.
My daughter and I dragged Darling Hubby along. (He wanted to see Mile 22.) Guess what? He liked it too. Daughter and I decided we'd have to go see it again if only to ooh and ahh over the fabulous clothes and jewels and shed a few tears along the way.
I can see an Oscar nomination for set decoration and costumes coming up. Would love to see nominations for the writers, director, and cast. I'm hoping that the second book in Mr. Kwan's trilogy will be brought to film too.
By the way, Kevin Kwan graduated from Clear Lake High School here in Houston and received his first degree from the University of Houston.
Rarely does a romantic movie come along that is perfect in every way. Crazy Rich Asians is exactly that.
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