Brilliantly ‘Crazy Rich Asians…’

I was excited to go and see this brand new movie last night, knowing how successful it had been in America and expecting a laugh-out-loud comedy. I got something quite different, but definitely great.

This was a romantic film with incredibly good photography and a stunning insight into Singapore and its lavish society. I loved the way that Henry Golding managed to carry off his role as a charismatic and clever rich guy who fell for a beautiful, yet grounded, economics lecturer from New York.

Michelle Yeoh was an overbearing mother who was annoyed to discover her son was dating a girl from a relatively poor background (although not hard up at all). She wanted to put the dampeners on his relationship to stop her legacy being passed to someone she deemed unworthy.

The twists and turns were in some places predictable but still entertaining and the cinematography was stunning. I liked the involvement of Awkwafina, who had already established herself in the recently impressive Ocean’s Eight flick. Her comedic role as the best friend of Rachel (Constance Wu) was matched by a laughable yet endearing turn from Ken Jeong who played her father.

Without a doubt, a fully captivating, visual masterpiece with a heart and sweetness that makes it long-lasting. *****

What have we learned from Love Island?

I started the series with a blog about LI and want to reflect on the last eight weeks.

1. I cannot believe how much influence this show has. Seeing Dr Alex grow to almost a million followers on Instagram during this period illustrates the power this programme can have over your career. Great if you are a model or extremely fit. Really quite narrow minded though as the show is only open to slim or muscular men and women who most likely are entering a modelling career or have the necessary looks to get into that sort of work. Of course, night club appearances, advertising gigs and ITV2 spin-off shows are all in the pipeline for many contestants.

2. Thinking that perhaps there was a genuine backdrop of social experimentation with this, I am now certain that is not the case. It is purely about how sexy people can maintain viewers and most of the contestants are in it for the publicity rather than the chance at love. I was sucked in just like anyone else but popular characters have shown their superficial sides in this particular run. Georgia is the finest example of someone who is truly not ‘loyal’ to anybody but herself. When given the opportunity to leave the show and be with her supposed ‘love’ she quickly decided to stay and remain separate as she clearly wanted as many on-screen hours as she could scrape. Generally, they seem to do whatever they feel will make them popular and garner them votes.

3. I suppose my wish for next year is that the show is more inclusive. I hope it stops just having young twenties people, hope it includes gay and bisexual men and women, and especially look forward to a range of everyday people with varied personalities, backgrounds and body types. I guess that is unlikely but I definitely think it would make the show better and less of a vehicle for expanding Instagram advertising deals.


Today’s feelings

My heart broke today,

The pain came to stay,

Will it ever go away?My heart broke so fast,

Why does this torture last?

My heart needs a plaster cast.

My heart broke in two,

What can I do?

I wanted to see things through.

My heart broke with a snap,

I want to fall down a trap,

I feel like I am lying in crap.

My heart broke last Sunday,

Or was it Monday?

It was certainly a sad day.

My heart broke with friction,

Was it a work of fiction?

I ask with some conviction.

Did they love me or did I imagine all of this?