CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018)

A film by  Jon M. Chu

Cast:  Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh 

The story takes us native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Ho! boy!!!!! Good luck. 

After teaching her economics class, Rachel (Constance Wu) meets her boyfriend at a crowded Manhattan bar in New York City. But she has no idea that they are not ordinary people, well her boyfriend is the Nick (Henry Golding) is the heir to one of the wealthiest real estate companies in Singapore. He keeps it a secret until they take off first class by plane. You see they’re traveling to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. 

Here is the film that is going to be a bath of gold, diamonds, jewelry and exotic cars plus helicopters and lavishing real estates. The film becomes predictable to me nothing you have not seeing before but there is a message here. I’ll get back to it. Rachel here is going to be overwhelm with a lot of gossip and bullshit. But she is witty, intelligent, and can out smart them all. Secrets will be revealed and so on. To get accepted in the family it is not going to be easy. In the middle of the film I knew were this was going. The message is the love of a mother for her son. The mother knows what is best for her son and is that. Crazy Rich Asians may feels like luxurious 1930s MGM comedy but asian style. The is an importance here about food, culture, and relationship. Not too bad for a film here you will have a good time but for my taste a little too predictable. 

A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018)

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A film by Paul Feig

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

After the disappearance of her best friend, a woman seeks to uncover the truth will she succeed?

A simple Favor is not an easy film to make because it is a comedy / Thriller with sometimes slapstick comedy with a who done it attitude and if the director makes a false moves say goodbye to the film. It is suspenseful as well as hilarious. A nice job from Paul Feig. What I love about it is an American film with French songs in it. Serge Gainsbourg songs, including “Bonnie & Clyde,” his duet with Brigitte Bardot I have the CD of it , plus “Une Histoire de Plage,” “Laisse Tomber les Filles,” and Jean Paul Keller’s “Ca C’est Arrange.” The mood setting here is perfect it has it from the start.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) , a single mom who runs a popular vlog, where she shares recipes, parenting tips, and how to do anything else. She is over enthusiastic over-volunteering at her son’s school and so forth. She is not too popular with the other parents who makes fun of her. One day she meets Emily Nelson (Blake Lively)—whose son goes to school with Stephanie’s son. They actually drinks martini together and becomes friends. Emily is direct and swear like a sailor. Stephanie does not see the smoke screen that is in the front of her because Emily thought her off-balance. The actresses are made for each other, the awkwardness from Stephanie is so funny. Emily is warm one minutes the next she is a total bitch. One day Emily ask Stephanie one Simple Favor pick up her son from school only to find out later on  that Emily is missing. So Stephanie goes into detective mode. Yes there are twists along the way with humor and spontaneity,  well the film does not take itself seriously at all. So trust me you are going to have a good time. Enjoy the ride.

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