New York-based economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is in a very loving relationship with Nick Young (Henry Golding), who, when invited to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, reveals that his family is wealthy. And not just “comfortable” but Kardashian wealthy.
The chemistry of the two leads was amazing – Constance really displayed her acting chops in the Majong scene and Henry showed surprising depth- he is leading man material. The supporting characters all had incredibly strong personalities and I do wish Gemma Chan’s arc had been more personified- here’s to hoping for the sequel
The script plays out to rom-com cliches. Couple is in love. Couple faces an obstacle and gets into a fight. Couple is sad that they broke up – there is no suspense on if they will get back together b/c it’s so predictable already given the cookie cutter format. Film ends with Nick taking Rachel out for a night in Singapore, on top of the Marina Bay Sands where a super lavish party with a big guest list was put together in mere minutes from when he proposed to her on the plane (in the Economy section).
Special mention: Gemma Chan, who plays Nick’s cousin Astrid, had too much screen time. Every time she came on screen, I moaned a bit b/c her acting was so robotic and her scenes were so boring that I just wanted to get through them fast so I won’t fall asleep with her acting.
For the most part, the acting is solid, but can get over the top in order to portray extravagantly rich family stereotypes. The film is well paced and the editing helps provide an upbeat and entertaining tone. There are some nods to Asian culture, and the film will resonate with younger as well as older generations.