Crazy Rich Asians, the story of New Yorker Rachel and her trip to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick to meet his family, and attend his best friend’s wedding is a much better film than I expected.
Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan, Crazy Rich Asians truly exceeded my expectations. Particularly my assumption based on the trailer that it would be anything like the Fifty Shades Of Greyromance and films. I’m therefore happy confirm that the only key similarities between both movies start end with ‘rich guy falls in love with non-rich girl’.
I really liked director Jon M. Chu’s beautiful execution of bestselling Author Kevin Kwan’s story. My favourite scenes include the very first scene at the hotel and the surprise Mahjong game towards the end. Then there’s of course the wedding that got Nick and Rachel to Singapore in the first place. A wedding that may just be my favourite movie wedding of all time, thanks to everything that happens in that scene including Kina Grannis’s version of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’.
Seeing all the stunning locations, homes and expensive style were definitely a highlight too, as expected. However, the thing that really made watching Crazy Rich Asians a true pleasure for me is the the humour that came in the ‘crazy’ part of Crazy Rich Asians.
If you haven’t already seen this beautiful movie, make time for all the reasons above and for the romance, of course. The romance!
In new historical drama Ashes In The Snow, Bel Powley is Lina, a 16 year-old aspiring artist when in 1941, herself and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region.
Also starring Peter Franzén, Sophie Cookson and directed by Marius A. Markevicius, Lina’s love of art and her un-relenting hope will prove more important than she imagined…
Whilst hoping that Powley’s accent doesn’t prove too distracting, I think this could be a good one. Especially since it’s based The New York Times bestselling novel, Between Shades Of Gray by author Ruta Sepetys.
Additional key cast includes James Cosmo, Martin Wallström, Timothy Innes, Jonah Hauer-King and Sam Hazeldine.
Destination Wedding– Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder’s comedy / drama about two unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves is just as delightful as the trailer suggested.
The beautiful destination, the way the dialogue posed some of life’s key questions and how it was all so engaging throughout. These are the things I liked most about Destination Wedding. My favourite moment if I had to pick one is the scene when Ryder’s character gets carried. Overall though, I really liked it all.
In my mind, director Victor Levin’s movie can probably be likened to a dark and funny cousin of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995).
In conclusion I say, watch it because it’s misery but fun. Fun that stars many ‘props’ and two engaging characters.
Finding Your Feet; the comedy / drama about a judgmental, middle class snob, who’s forced to live with her sister in an impoverished inner-city council estate is a pleasant serving of quintessential Britishness.
Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, director Richard Loncraine’s movie isn’t necessarily the most memorable and the story isn’t especially unpredictable. Nevertheless Finding Your Feet is a nice ‘easy viewing’ reminder of the gift of siblinghood, the ones you’re born into and the ones you choose.
I enjoyed the very British dialogue and its often rather well-timed delivery. One particular line that stood out would be the words: ‘It’s not a panic attack, I’m not that sort of person. I just had a bit of a turn.’
Another highlight was seeing beautiful shots of places in London, England that I recognise.
For the Britishness, humour and siblinghood, etc., watch Finding Your Feet if you’re so curious it does have a certain charm.
Directed by Sebastián Lelio, Gloria Bell follows Gloria, a free-spirited woman in her 50s who’s seeking out love at L.A. dance clubs.
With a talented cast that includes Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Michael Cera; Gloria Bell is an English language version of the Chilean movie Gloria (2013) – which was also directed by Lelio.
I wonder what things he did differently this time around – besides the location…
I’m a Moore fan, the story is interesting and the film will feature my first name being mentioned a notable number of times. What’s not to get excited about?
Obi Nwankwo, Alanna Ubach, Brad Garrett, Sean Astin, Holland Taylor, Rita Wilson and Sean Astin also star.
Starring Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani and directed by Justin Baldoni; Five Feet Apart is the story of two teenagers with life threatening illnesses who meet in a hospital and fall in love.
I wouldn’t mind learning a thing or two about cystic fibrosi (CF) in a dramatic film. My biggest burning question isn’t really about CF though. It’s… ‘How different is this movie really, compared to the huge success that was The Fault In Our Stars (2014)?’
Parminder Nagra, Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Emily Baldoni also star.