The First Reviews Of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Are In And Guess What? It Sounds Fucking Great
"The only excuse you have not to see Crazy Rich Asians is because you hate love".
There’s no shortage of crappy romantic comedies out there, but every once in a while the folks in Hollywood get it right. Exhibit A: the first reviews of Jon Chu’s big screen adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s beloved novel Crazy Rich Asians are in, and they are absolutely glowing.
As of Friday morning, the film has a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics heaping praise on the film for its mix of humour and heart. Moira MacDonald of The Seattle Times called it a reminder of “what a gift a joyful rom-com can be”, while Johnny Oleksinski of The New York Post said it reminded him of the films of Nancy Meyers, Richard Curtis and Nora Ephron. Alan Ng of Film Threat went one step further, declaring that “the only excuse you have not to see Crazy Rich Asians is because you hate love”.
The movie has also been praised for its representation of Asian characters (as The Washington Post noted, it’s the first Hollywood film to feature Asian American characters in leading roles since The Joy Luck Club in… wait for it… 1993).
Writing for ScreenRant, Molly Freeman called Crazy Rich Asians “a spectacular, heartwarming instant classic of a romantic comedy that brings some much-needed representation to the genre”, while Danny Yu of Time Out said seeing the depths of representation in the film was “incredibly satisfying”.
You can count the speaking roles for white actors in #CrazyRichAsians on one hand, and basically only in the opening scene. It’s like, we got this. We’ll take it from here. Bye.
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) August 9, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians hits cinemas in Australia on August 30.