2019 / 100m - USA
The Farewell poster


September 11, 2022


A more serious version of Crazy Rich Asians, but the core of the film isn't all that different. This is (another) Asian-American take on the difference between Eastern and Western cultures. Slightly more upscale than the infamous romcom that preceded it, but that doesn't mean you should expect a more subtle film.

Billi was brought up in the US, but when she hears her grandma is terminally ill, she decides to visit her in Beijing. The family doesn't want to tell her she is dying though, so they come up with a little white lie for the family to spend their final days together. Billi finds it very difficult to keep this from her grandma.

The performances are decent, Awkwafina in particular is a lot better than usual, but it's nothing too out of the ordinary. The comedy is bland, the drama passable but predictable, and the styling could've used some extra attention. It's not a terrible film, but there's not much here that makes it appealing either.