The Farewell is an honest, endearing, emotional dramedy featuring Awkwafina proving she can do a lot more than just comedy.
Everyone was shocked by the Awkwafina’s artistic career evolution from the supporting characters she’s been playing to the leading actor in the new indie film The Farewell.
From Crazy Rich Asians to Oceans 8 where she was delivering memorable turns to hosting Saturday Night Live, the rapper and comedian listed her name herself into Hollywood’s A-list. She also stunned on the pink carpet at Monday’s Met Gala.
“When I heard the news, I wanted to talk with my grandmother, comfort her. I wanted to grieve with her in the way that seems natural when someone you love is dying,” she said in the podcast. “But my mom … quickly informed me that what I wanted, that what I thought was the right thing to do, would not be permitted and that I would have no say in the matter.” Watch The Farewell trailer below.
The actress delivers a wonderful, and mostly dramatic, performance in this story of a Chinese-American returning to her birth country China with her family to be close to her dying grandmother. The twist is that the family decided to let the grandmother unaware of her own diagnosis.
Benjamin Lee a Guardian reviewer expressed that Awkwafina does fine work expressing this through her eyes with a melancholy hovering in the background . “so close to tears yet unable to release for fear of revealing the secret. She gives an accomplished dramatic performance.” He add .
The Film is based on a real lie involving the family of director Lulu Wang, who shared the tale with This American Life back in 2016. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has a very highest reputation between the attendance.
Richard Lawson the chief critic for Vanity Fair wrote : “This is the rapper-actress’s first lead role—a dramatic one to boot—and she handles it superbly, giving an observant and carefully pitched performance that augurs good things for her big-screen future,”
He applaud Awkwafina for being able to putting down the comedic skills she displayed in Crazy Rich Asians and being able to show a sorrowful dramatic energy in the film.
Awkwafina shared the film’s poster on Twitter on Tuesday.
— AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) May 7, 2019
The Farewell is scheduled to be released this summer .