We just finished watching Crazy Rich Asians for the second time.
The first time I saw it was on opening day in Bangor, Maine. I wanted to contribute to the opening weekend box office tally and saw it while we were travelling.
The second time I saw it to savour it.
If you’ve read the books, you’ll love the film. If you haven’t read the books, you’ll love it too. And if you don’t cry during the wedding scene, you do not have a soul.
The film is sumptuous and I hope it will inspire design trends over the next year. I just hope nobody tries to DIY the wedding using a garden hose and a slip n’ slide: I don’t want to see any low-budget replica tips on Pinterest.
The clothes are lovely. Apparently, the costume designer, Mary E. Vogt, was inspired by the gorgeous film, In the Mood for Love. It’s a nice mix of status designers, local designers, and pieces made specifically for the film. If you like fashion, you’ll love this film.
For me, the highlight was Peik Lin’s new money over-the-top approach of carrying wardrobe changes in her car, leading to one of my favourite exchanges:
“You have a cocktail dress in your trunk?”
“I’m not an animal, Rachel.”
Gemma Chan, who plays Astrid, is a standout in terms of style. I was most wary of how her character would translate to the screen since she’s so very stylish in the book. But Chan is radiant in every scene. (She’s stunning in Dior below.)
The scenery is also gorgeous. You will want to book passage to Singapore, stat, if only to hang out in the airport.
And don’t even get me started on the soundtrack.
If you’ve not seen this film yet, book your tickets. A big screen and good sound is required.