82. “Crazy Rich Asians” (Jon M. Chu, 2018)
The broad strokes of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling, compulsively readable “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy are familiar enough: it’s a girl meets boy story — and a girl-meets-boy’s-deranged-family story — the kind of subject matter that’s always ripe for a rom-com. But Kwan’s books, loosely based on his own coming-of-age in Singapore, take that classic narrative and turn it into a vivacious love letter to contemporary Asian culture, populated by unique characters and set in the eye-popping locales of one of the world’s richest countries.
Jon M. Chu’s big screen adaptation of the material, a groundbreaking studio film that is entirely populated by Asian-American performers (the first of its kind since “The Joy Luck Club,” more than 25 years ago), is a loving take on Kwan’s books, bundled up in a wildly entertaining package. —KE