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|Original title:||Crazy Rich Asians|
|Direction:||Jon M. Chu|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 120 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) leads a happy life in New York: She loves this city, her job as a university professor and of course she also loves her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding), with whom she's been in a relationship for over a year. Now is the time for Nick to finally introduce his great love to his family. His best friend's wedding in Singapore is the perfect opportunity. What Rachel doesn't suspect is that Nick's family is rich. Damn rich. And especially his mother Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh) doesn't like it at all that her son wants to bring a simple girl into her exquisite family. And so this journey threatens to become a real horror trip for Rachel, despite her pure luxury.
"Crazy Rich" is the film adaptation of the first volume of Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asia" trilogy, which was enormously successful in the USA. The books have not yet been published in Germany, which may explain why the filming in this country is only started relatively small, while in the USA it ensures full cinemas. The film is so successful there that the continuation was already announced in the starting week. However, the success is not only due to the obeseness of the book or the fact that for the first time in over twenty years a Hollywood film with a purely Asian cast was staged. Also decisive was the fact that director Jon M. Chu shot a really good movie and one of the most beautiful romantic comedies of the recent past.
Admittedly, the story is very simple. In principle, it is only a variation of the "Cinderella" theme that is told here. But there are a few peculiarities. There's, like, the characters. Rachel is a pleasantly strong, independent woman who is impressed by the wealth of Nick's family, but is not influenced by it in her actions. One actually believes her that she loves Nick only because of himself and without hesitation would give up everything to lead a life together with her dream man. And it is more than credible that he would even break with his family for love. Whether it must come to that, of course, will not be revealed here.
Also side characters like Rachel's best friend (wonderfully weird: Awkwafina), Nick's successful cousin Astrid (Gemma Chan) or Oliver, the "rainbow-coloured sheep of the family" (Nico Santos) are so charming, funny and interestingly drawn that you just love to watch them. Apart from the characters, the dialogues are also a special feature. These are sometimes extremely biting, enigmatic and simply funny - especially in the English original. In addition, there are wonderful pictures, in which you could indulge for an endless amount of time (yes, sometimes you get a little jealous of the "Crazy Rich Asians") and a great soundtrack. All in all a successful thing.
At the end it's especially important that the movie doesn't only have a lot of humor and a high entertainment value, but also a lot of heart and charm. You can laugh heartily, enjoy nasty intrigues that remind you of the best times of "Denver Clan" and Co. or sob heartily because it is sooooo beautiful what is happening right now. This makes "Crazy Rich" one of the most positive surprises of the cinema year and definitely worth seeing for everyone who loves big and humorous heartache cinema! Part 2 can not come fast enough!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp