Best & Worst 2018 - Films

Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians.
Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians. PHOTO: NETFLIX, WARNER BROS
Above: Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians. Left: Sandi Tan's documentary, Shirkers.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born.PHOTO: NETFLIX, WARNER BROS
Sandi Tan's documentary, Shirkers.
Sandi Tan's documentary, Shirkers. PHOTO: NETFLIX, WARNER BROS

Kevin Kwan's 2013 bestseller was smart and funny, but it was also a loose set of comic observations about the obscenely wealthy built on the slight framework of a couple in love and their meet-the-family moment.

Chu, with screenwriters Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli, made priority one the creation of strong, believable female characters in Rachel (Constance Wu) and her antagonist, Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Best & Worst 2018 - Films'. Print Edition | Subscribe