Crazy Rich Asians is a refreshing portrayal of a commonly underrepresented and stereotyped American minority, infers Inkoo Kang of Slate. This film shows sides of the Asian community that break many of society’s notions. It’s also very funny and fun to watch. Light-hearted but seriously intriguing, the movie is very fresh in its presentation. With a personality-diverse cast that plays off of one another, the film flows nicely, offering deeply moving, as well as incredibly hilarious scenes. The film’s social commentary and boundary-breaking remain subtle, leaving much space for entertainment and hilarity, resulting in a well-balanced and fun movie.
Crazy Rich Asians’ take on romantic comedy isn’t as fresh as is presented, falling back on many tropes that leave the film with a distinctly unsatisfying taste, suggests Alana Mohamed of The Village Voice. Interesting and rich characters are left in the shadows to promote others, such as the main male love-interest, who is overly bland and unrelatable. Rushed, at times, highly interesting scenes about identity don’t get the exploration they might warrant. Much of the film celebrates wealth and upper-class hegemony a little too lavishly. The film tries to juggle too much, to be slightly too big, in ways that undermine the experience it offers.