Crazy Rich Asians. Jon M. Chu. 2018. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Both the opening sequence & the final frame are naked celebrations of obscene wealth. Love of $$$ isn't a filmic premise I adore, but at least it's announced boldly, exists as an ideology that different characters wield in different ways. I'm a sucker for underdog stories and found this one to be emotionally honest, intense, poignant. Small plotting snags throughout, biggest biff being Astrid story's undercookedness.