Jennifer Lopez’s role as Ramona, the ringleader of a group of savvy former strip club employees who team up to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients is arguably Lopez’s best performance to date. As impressive as her solo pole dancing routine near the beginning is, even without it, Hustlersis still an impressive Lopez performance.
Set in New York City before and after the 2008 financial crisis, the audience gets introduced to the world of the strip club employees through newcomer Destiny (Constance Wu). Destiny wants to be able to take care of her grandmother but soon finds herself disillusioned after learning of the harsh realities of the strip club life. Then she meets Ramona.
Lopez’s Ramona is certainly the shining light, performance-wise in Hustlers. However, it’s her performance alongside Wu’s Destiny that did well to maintain the emotional core of director Lorene Scafaria’s female-strong movie. The well chosen music, editing and pace also played their part in keep my attention and delivering an overall fun experience.
Seeing women taking charge of themselves and taking care of each other is another reason I had a good time watching Hustlers. As fun as it was, considering all the crime that took place throughout,I found myself reminded of just how terrible a criminal I would be. Particularly because, I’d be far too busy vividly imagining everything that could go horribly wrong to actually take steps towards committing such serious crimes.
Watch Hustlers because it’s fun. It’s also scary in parts, as one might expect.
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!
Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong and Henry Golding are the stars of Crazy Rich Asians, a Jon M. Chu directed comedy based on the novel of the same name by Adele Lim.
The story follows New Yorker Rachel as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Visiting Asia for the first time and nervous about meeting her boyfriend’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life…
In all honesty, I’m mostly interested in this one because I want a glimpse into the ‘Crazy Rich Asian’ lifestyle. I’m also pretty sure that I’ve never watched an English speaking film with what looks like a completely Asian cast. Exciting times.