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Originally the first book of a trilogy, “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan is a fun, intriguing story about Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) whose boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) takes her to his home country of Singapore for a friend’s wedding. There, she learns that Nick is actually ridiculously rich — and so is his family. Rachel, who is the daughter of a single immigrant mother, is thrust into a world of bachelorette parties on private islands, world famous cuisine in billion dollar houses and her boyfriend’s acquisitive family who do not appreciate the heir to the Young fortune dating an ordinary girl.

This movie boasts some beautiful visuals. Since the story revolves around people living extravagant lifestyles, the director Jon M. Chu is able to play with rich, vibrant color that sells the story and the emotions that come with it. At some points in the movie, the larger than life sets transport the audience into a different world that they couldn’t otherwise experience.

Though the themes were a little on the nose, “Crazy Rich Asians” explores the themes of friendships, relationships and family ties very acutely. These themes are not subtle, but they are woven into the plot in a way that does not necessarily feel forced. Especially important to this movie are the mother-child bonds that influence the personalities of the main characters. Rachel and Nick’s relationships with their mothers are juxtaposed subtly, breaking the tone of the movie, but to a great effect on commentating on the nature of family bonds.

Overall, this movie is super entertaining. It taps into the fantasy of having a rich significant other and more than delivers that dream to its audience without sacrificing all of its depth.

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