Crazy Rich Asians

Featured In Issue 234, December 2018

WSR Score3.5
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"Crazy Rich Asians" follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the son of one of the country's wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. (Gary Reber0

Special features include commentary by Director Jon M. Chu and Novelist Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Fun" (HD 07:18), seven deleted scenes (HD 12:10), a gag reel (HD 01:47), upfront previews, and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitaly in Hawk Scope using the Panasonic Varicam 35 Pure camera and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. This is a very filmic picture with a gorgeous color palette that enhances the opulence of the production design. The color palette is striking, with rich and warm saturated hues that often pop. Everything appears natural but enhanced,.Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Contrast is excellent with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and accentuated lighting highlights. Peak white brightness is excellent. Resolution is generally good, though, light noise at times creates a mild veil, which softens the imagery. Still, the imagery is very colorful, glamorous, and lush, which translates into a very pleasingly bright presentation. (Gary Reber0

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features a nicely recorded music score with segments of pop jazz and orchestral support. The soundtrack is dialogue focused throughout. But dialogue is heavily ADR and wanting in spatial integration. Atmospherics are convincingly realistic, as are the touches of sound effects. Surround energy is aggressively enveloping, especially with respect to the music score, Overall, fidelity is excellent, and the sound design nicely complements the high-end visuals. (Gary Reber)