Whilst I think a 90 minute cut would make this practically perfect, there is no denying transformative powers of star Conrad Veidt and director Paul Leni, who both unfortunately died before they could find major success in the talkies.
It’s a commendable departure from conventional romantic dramas (although it’s ending goes back to formula), but the film feels lost along the way, much like its protagonist. Any supposed purpose feels lukewarm at best, and much of its ideas are half baked. It has an ending sure. It has a beginning. But where’s the middle?
Whilst all the pieces are there to create a rom-com with long lasting legs, the end result of Crazy Rich Asians is a puzzle containing too many pieces, requiring too much time for you to enjoyably finish. It may look and sound pretty, but beneath the surface it might just be fools gold.