Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

She just think you’re some like unrefined banana. Yellow on the outside, and white on the inside.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. It is directed by Jon M. Chu and it stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Henry Golding.

When Rachel (Constance Wu) is asked by Nick Young (Henry Golding) to go to Singapore to attend a friends wedding, things doesn’t go smoothly as Rachel finds out more information about Nick and his family.


The Good

It’s easy to scoff at romantic comedies as it feels like there’s a very formulaic approach to it. There’s no denying the Crazy Rich Asians is indeed a romantic comedy but it’s one that manages to weave in and out of the cliches of a typical rom-com but also delivers a compelling story with compelling characters.

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One of the biggest worry is how can a normal person relate to rich people problems. The story however, doesn’t touch around that but rather it focuses on Rachel and his relationship with Nick. As she’s the audience’s avatar, she is reacting how a normal person reacts to everything that’s happening around her and it makes her very relatable.

Henry Golding is also great, he’s incredibly charismatic and very likeable. Despite his very rich background you still root for the guy, you root for the couple in general, you’re absolutely hoping their relationship to work out.

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The other characters are also great from Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and even Ken Jeong. The cinematography also stands out as there are plenty of beautiful shots of Singapore as well as the presentation of the wedding.


The Bad

No bad thing to say about this movie


Rating

5

Overall Crazy Rich Asians was a surprise, it’s story telling is very reminiscent of classic romantic movies in the 60s. It’s got an engaging story and likeable characters. You will without a doubt leave the theater with a smile after watching this movie, highly recommended.

PS: DO NOT watch this movie with an empty stomach as there are plenty of delicious food shown in the screen. šŸ˜›

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Good Bad 4.5/5
    • Great characters
    • Engaging story
    • Beautiful cinematography
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Movie Review: Now You See Me 2

Your Move

Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to the 2013 film with the same title. This time with bigger illusions, out of this world magicĀ tricks and ridiculous heists. With majority of the cast returning, is Now You See Me 2 able to capture the same excitement and intrigue as the first one did?

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Under the watchful gaze of a secret organization called The Eye, The Four Horsemen are reunited for another heist disguised as an illusion. But when things go south and the act sabotaged, it’s up to The Horsemen to figure out who’s playing the tricks on them.


The Good

With this being a sequel it’s expected for this to have bigger spectacles and crazier magic tricks and we get that here. The tricks were impressive and as ridiculous as they were, they’re incredible to watch. A certain scene involved a card being passed around in a room and it’s easily the best scene in the movie. Woody Harrelson has a bigger role this time around and he’s great in some scenes. His subplot is not very interesting and can be considered cliched but his over the top performance is a breath of fresh air.

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The Bad

Sad to say this movie suffers from what many call sequelitis. The tricks and spectacles are bigger however story-wise it’s filled with plot holes and inconsistencies. The plot is extremely convoluted and there’s a lot of sub plots to keep track off.

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The movie takes itself way seriously than it should as the magicians themselves are seemingly able to fight armed men with tricks and illusions. And as ridiculous as it looks it takes away the fun that a magic/heist movie should have. Another issue with the movie is it relied too much on a certain “move” to forward the plot. The “move” itself is so unbelievable to the point where it could have been a superpower.


Rating

Even with the addition of Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and the extremely talented Jay Chou the movie is mediocre at best. Jessie Eisenberg himself seems very uninterested in his role though Morgan Freeman works with what material he’s got. Daniel Radcliffe did bring a little bit of an excitement but all of it fades away as he becomes your typical one dimensional British villain.

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Overall Now You See Me 2, could have been a smarter movie, especially with it’s underlying message about surveillance and privacy. Unfortunately it’s another case of style over substance as it’s convoluted plot drags the movie down tremendously resulting into nothing but a magical mess.

Good Bad 2.3/5
  • Impressive Magic Tricks
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Convoluted Plot
  • Plot Holes & Inconsistencies
  • Too Serious / Unfunny