Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, Chris Pang, Sonoya Mizuno, Jimmy O. Yang, Pierre Png.
Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenplay: Adele Lim & Pete Chiarelli.
It has been a few days and I still have a smile on my face when I think of this film. We have a rom-com that has all the great tropes of the genre and finally a breath of fresh air with new hurdles and family expectations. We finally have a rom-com that has a different perspective and demands that we understand the elements that make this film tick. Yes to having representation on our screen brought to us by people who actually know what they are talking about; goodbye tokenism, hello representation.
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a lactose intolerant Econ professor is dating beautiful & kind Nick Young (Henry Golding), he is literally anyone's fantasy of the perfect boyfriend. Nick asks her to finally meet his family in Singapore and Rachel finds out they are not just any normal family but one of the riches Chinese family's in real estate; big crazy rich bucks. Rachel must now prove to everyone that she deserves to be taken seriously and have the approval to be with Nick.
This film is glorious, the colours are like out of a 1940's Technicolor extravaganza and the costuming, sets, and locations are to die for. Every frame is adorned with beauty from the incredibly attractive cast to the staircase, to the furniture, to the dresses and suits. Their is not one piece of set design which is not on point, and all you want to do is drink it up.
The dynamic within the family unit is the most interesting part of the film. From Michelle Yeoh's disastrously exquisite role of Nick's mother as she stares down and chips away at Rachel who could never live up to her expectations. Her calm demeanour yet piercing eyes that glint ever so slightly as her face angles to express such intense yet subtle emotions and opinions. Awkwafina play's Rachel's old college friend and she may well be my favourite sidekick character out of any rom-com.
This is a great film, at times is edited a little sloppy but the fun and beauty lets it get away with a lot. I don't think I have to convince people to go and see this one.