When did you watch the film?
Woffles Wu (WW) I watched Crazy Rich Asians on opening night, waiting with bated breath and nervous anticipation to see if director Jon M. Chu (who is not Singaporean), would make a cringe-worthy mess of it. For some months now, I have wondered if he would portray us accurately or resort to painting us as painful caricatures of ourselves as so many foreign directors have done before.
My fears were completely unfounded. Jon M. Chu has proven to be a masterful director, in the vein of the great Ang Lee, who has created a quintessentially Singaporean film with a glamorous and polished Hollywood feel that all the world can be proud of. The film is hugely believable with sensitive and nuanced characters that have been well-developed and fleshed out by an extremely talented cast of international and home-grown stars.
The casting was perfect, accents and all. Within the first five minutes I was already loving the film and laughing out loud at the familiar situations where old and new money collide in the upper echelons of our society. True, the film does not represent all of Singapore but it was never intended to nor was the book. Instead, it vicariously opens a window to those who lead lives of immense privilege.