Culture

Crazy Rich Asians: Book vs Movie Review

by Emme DeMilt

As many book readers and moviegoers know, movies are not always an accurate representation of a book. Last month, I read the book that was the base for the popular movie, Crazy Rich Asians. In this book, Rachel Chu is so excited to go to Singapore with her long-term boyfriend to meet his family. Once she gets there she realizes that Nick is very wealthy and is in a string of rich and slightly crazy families. She now has to deal with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something even worse: Nick’s disapproving mother.

 

This movie is a little off from the book. Although the plot stays pretty much the same, the details of the movie stray from those of the book. Movie directors often times have trouble getting every little detail in long books. However, despite the straying of the details, the other factors of the movie are good. For example, the acting was exquisite. Constance Wu, who portrayed Rachel Chu, did a very good job acting in the movie. She brought us to laughs and many tears. She did that alongside Henry Golding who portrayed nick young-another fantastic acting job. They also pretty much got the characters personality’s right. Nicks disapproving mother was spot on to not only how she looked, but how she acted. The mother was played by Michelle Yeoh. Golding also nailed the charming and wittiness of Nick Young. Overall I would recommend this movie, but I wished it stayed more faithful to the details of the book. 

 

Breakdown:

One thing I liked about the movie: the acting 

One thing I wished the movie had: more details that were in the book

Do I wish for a sequel: yes 

Maturity rating: PG 13

Overall rating of the movie: 7.5/10

 

The book:

Many people read the book before the movie. Typically I really like to do that, but with Crazy Rich Asians I watched the movie first. As I said before, the book is more detailed than the movie. But the plotline is pretty much the exact same. Although the movie did leave out some scenes that were pretty big.  Kevin Kwan wrote the series and is a very talented writer. In the book, there are very good descriptions of the characters, places, and food. When I was reading the book, it was like I was enjoying Singapore with the vibrant characters of the book.  I also really enjoyed the creative characters and family lines that Kwan came up with. The book made me laugh, cry, and scream it different parts and sometimes in the very same scene. The book also kept me hooked the whole entire time. One thing I wish about the book is that it was a little less confusing. At some times in the book, I got lost for a few seconds since it jumps from the views of different characters. But as Kevin did this it made the book interesting when it wasn’t confusing. Overall I really loved this book and I’m excited to read the other two books in the series. 

 

Breakdown:

 

One thing I liked about the book: the descriptions about people, places, and thing

One thing I didn’t like about the book: It was confusing at certain times

Am I going to read the sequel books: yes

Maturity rating: PG 15

Overall rating: 8.25/10

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