Crazy Rich Asians ★★★

Definitely a crowd-pleaser, but didn't quite work for me.

Dug the Chinese pop covers, the food porn, most of the jokes, and the beautiful landscapes and lavish interiors.

Wish it would have focused more on the themes of family, class, and collectivism. This was definitely touched upon, but I would have preferred this to be a major theme in the film. The romance was cute, but it didn't all meld together as well as it could have.

The pacing was horrendous, as it felt too long, and like they crammed three movies into one. Not enough time spent with the all the different characters and subplots introduced.

The cast is absolutely stacked, so there's plenty to enjoy here: Awkwafina, Lisa Lu as the grandma, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and Constance Wu in the lead role. And that's not even everyone. Michelle Yeoh is a powerhouse, but she doesn't even get to flex as much as she could. Overall, the film just came cross as overstuffed in terms of cast and plot. Rushed and uneven.

That being said, I'm really happy to see an all-Asian cast in a big summer movie, with Asian talent behind the camera as well. I hope this movie makes good money, so Hollywood can greenlight more (and better) Asian-centered films.