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Review: A flawed but vital milestone, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ pays exuberant tribute to Singapore's 1%

Review: A flawed but vital milestone, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ pays exuberant tribute to Singapore's 1%

Before it whisks you off on the sunniest, most extravagant Singaporean holiday imaginable, “Crazy Rich Asians” begins on a curiously dark and stormy night.

When Eleanor Young (a mesmerizing Michelle Yeoh) arrives dripping wet at an exclusive London hotel, the snob at the front desk declines her booking and advises her to stay elsewhere (“May I suggest Chinatown?”). He’s hopelessly unaware that he’s dealing with one of the world’s wealthiest families, or that the tables will soon be satisfyingly turned. In this juicily poised score-settler of a movie, the crime of underestimating an opponent is always met with a swift, humiliating comeuppance.

The opening sequence — notably,...

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