The Movie: 7/10
A standard forbidden love story isn’t new, as we all know, so let’s not be romanced by the hype. Crazy Rich Asians is really fun and it’s pretty sweet without being too sappy, and I really enjoyed it. I just don’t understand what’s so special about it. I know the all Asian cast is it’s biggest selling point, and I’m on board with any and all movies in which we see all kinds of people from around the planet, it’s simply not something that makes this story better.
The forbidden love is a rich guy who falls for a young woman who is not part of that upper level of wealthy society. I know, in today’s world is this really still a thing? I suppose it is, but for me it’s so exaggerated for comedy and drama reasons it’s a bit cartoony at times. As for the individual characters, from our leading woman and man to their friends, families, and peripherals, there is a variety of well written dialogue and characteristics to the most absurd exaggerated traits and dialogue and choices they make that brings this movie up and down throughout.
I’m not a sucker for a love story, it’s just not my thing. Throw in a zombie apocalypse and I might be more on board, but the mushy love stuff needs to be done in a way that’s not insulting, and that’s not done very often. What I do appreciate in this an all forbidden love stories is the idea that real love is non-negotiable and who you fall for is not something we will ever be able to truly control. Putting love struck couple against a problem, a challenge, a difficult parent or societal expectations will almost always end up with them proving their love and one of those “happily ever after” endings especially when one of the people is very rich, and for some reason having them end up with all the money is the ultimate fantasy and makes people go “aweeeee”. Not me.
Sometimes these romantic comedy flicks don’t have much visual character, but Crazy Rich Asians looks great. It’s colorful and well made which is a pleasure to look at, which I know in the age of watching movies on a small smart phone might not be a thing for a lot of folks, no judgment:), but it is for me.
I had a lot of fun with the cast, from the solid performances of our leading characters to the wacky other people sprinkled in there for whatever reason…it’s a good time, and for me that’s one of the best ways to spend an afternoon…unless you want to throw in a few zombies, then I’m going to be beyond happily ever after:)
- Commentary With Director John M Chu and Kevin Kwan
- Crazy Rich Fun (7 Minutes) – EPK style featurette with interviews and clips from the film.
- Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes) – Seven deleted scenes recommended for fans only.
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – Fun and hi-jinks on the set.
- Blu-ray, DVD & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 7/10
Crazy Rich Asians is a great looking 1080P AVC encode that does the source material justice. Warner have a very rich color palette to work with on this film and it comes across well with inky shadows and very accurate flesh-tones. Using a bit-rate of around 31 the whole time I saw no evidence of macro-blocking or banding throughout the entire run-time.
The Lossless DTS-MA 5-1 track here didn’t wow me infact we both thought it sounded quite flat. During crowd scenes or scenes with music the sound-stage did widen and liven up a bit but mostly it seemed kinda dull. Dialog is also a little low in the mix and needed to be boosted a little on our amplifier.
Overall Score 7/10