Review: The Big Sick

The Big Sick

The Big Sick

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Duration: 119 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 30-JUN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4/5 (Fresh, Funny & Heart-Warming ROM-COM)

A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.

Overall Review:
Terry: “I’ve always wanted to discuss 9/11 with a Muslim.
Kumail: “9/11 was a tragedy. (Long pause) We lost 19 good guys.”

This is just a single gem among the zippy one-liners that appear in “The Big Sick,” a gag that Terry for a moment thinks is the Pakistani-American’s true feeling.

“The Big Sick” directed by Michael Showalter is engaging and thoughtful romantic comedy film based on a real life story of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife Emily Gardner. And because it comes from real life, there’s no stereotyping here – every aspect of the movie is genuine. The difference between east and west is so splitting, and you laugh at both sides. Michael Showalter has a remarkable sense of comic timing, and gets such outstanding work from his ensemble cast. The Big Sick sees Nanjiani taking center stage and playing a semi-fictional version of himself. His casual, deadpan wit are front and center even in The Big Sick‘s opening moments. Kumail Nanjiani’s style of humor is a combination of sarcasm, political satire, and heart. Personal touch he added in a film is part of what made the film work so well. Every scene in the film works to develop one of our four main characters, and the audience can easily sympathize with the struggles that each character is facing. The pacing is strong, too, because despite a long runtime, it keeps you thoroughly invested in the story. The film is extremely well-written. What separates this film from other romantic comedies is that it is completely and totally believable. Maybe, because it’s based on the life of the writer, that gave it a natural authenticity, but it is also showcases careful and smart choices of where and when to implement drama. Overall, I think The Big Sick has all the ingredients of ROM-COM. It’s funny, touching, and well-written, and the actors do a great job with the script. I think that this film truly has the potential to be the indie breakout of the year.

Performance & Technical Review:
The Big Sick is definitely a story-driven film, and the story is so amazing that that is all you really want to pay attention to. The film is extremely well-written. The acting is really strong. Kumail Nanjiani is obviously excellent. He is a great comedian, so he can deliver the jokes well, but he also nails the emotional moments because he literally wrote and told his own story. The supporting cast is excellent and plays a substantial role in the story, especially as Emily (Kazan) is quite ill in the hospital. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents, and deliver an emotional wallop, even while dealing with their own marital issues – one of which allows Romano and Kumail to bond a bit. Kumail’s parents are played by Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff, while his brother is played by Adeel Akhtar. Nanjiani and Gordon’s script—equally funny, frank, and frightening

PDF Verdict:
The Big Sick emerges as an unshakable comedy made by, and for, a generation rediscovering what intimacy means. It is Fresh, Funny and Heart-Warming ROM-COM. Do not miss it!!!

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4/5 (Fresh, Funny & Heart-Warming ROM-COM)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.75 on 5
Production Designs: 3.75 on 5

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