Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, comes home on blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers Pictures today. A brilliantly funny rom-com, the film is a delight, and features a delightful all Asian cast, including Michelle Yeoh, Constance Wu, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., Henry Golding and Gemma Chan.
The story follows a very well off family, particularly one of the beloved sons, Nick Young (Golding) who lives in New York, and now, after one year of seeing his girlfriend, Rachel (Wu) invites her to travel with him to Singapore to meet his family, and accompany him to a family wedding.
She has no idea who he is (financially speaking) – it seems he and his entire family are incredibly well off, crazy rich in fact. With social media her identity is quickly discovered, and no one in the family seems very impressed with her, particularly his mother (Yeoh).
Hilarity and romance ensues as American raised Rachel meets old world family China. Like all romantic comedies, there is a fairly predictable pattern that the story has to follow, and a happy ending has to be achieved, but this one handles it better than most, as the characters central to the main crux of the plot are all believable.
But yes, you are undeniably rooting for a happy ending for both Rachel and Nick.
Featuring gorgeous location work in Singapore (which looks fantastic on the blu-ray transfer), the film is a joy, filled with engaging characters, relatable moments, and an enjoyable story.
Wu is a delight, turning in an earnest and fun performance, and pairing her with Golding is brilliant, as the chemistry is palatable, and both of them prove to be very likable onscreen.
The disc comes with a few extras including a gag reel, a look into the making of the film, and a fun, informative commentary that includes Kwan and the film’s director Jon M. Chu.
This is definitely one for those who enjoy their rom-coms, and this one would be best served with some Chinese food and a chilled wine with bubbles.
And while the idea of a super-rich accessible romance seems a little extreme, that’s not really the point of the film. It’s about the differences between Eastern and Western societies, the way families influence us, and how love makes us redefine those things. The visual trappings of the super-rich are only a backdrop for a nice little romantic tale, which is bright, colorful, and enjoyable.
Crazy Rich Asians is available today on blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers.