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I could relate to Kumail Nanjiani’s latest hit, ‘The Big Sick’. I’ve seen a few examples in real life where an Indian or Pakistani person I knew was unable to go out with someone of their choice due to family and traditional reasons. This film publicised the issue, but with a somewhat comedic element.
Starring Kumail Nanjiani (as himself), Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, The Big Sick looks at Kumail, a Pakistani-American comedian living in Chicago. He meets Emily Gardener and they get together, but his family life interferes and they break up. Emily then comes down with an illness which leaves her in a coma. Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her parents while she’s in the coma. She wakes up and her feelings for him are the same, where she thinks he’s an ‘asshole’. I can’t say much more or we’d be entering spoilers-ville.
Kumail Nanjiani was awesome, and I guess acting out something that you have personally experienced was good. The jokes he delivered were amusing, but I’ll get to what I thought of the comedy later. I liked Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Beth and Terry Gardener (Emily’s parents). They portrayed the concerned parents who were going through a couple issues quite well. However, I personally thought that their acting could have been a bit more varied. Particularly for Romano, but both characters seemed very monotone and stuck in one mood. Zoe Kazan was perfectly suited to the character of Emily. She had range and though she was hospitalised for some of her role, the parts where she acted were superb. I particularly liked the way that she ended the film, by relating it back to the beginning, but with a bit more humour. That combined with the twist ending (again, I won’t reveal it, but that may give it away. Oops!) was fantastic!
I am personally not a massive fan of love movies, but there was a lot of press surrounding this film so I thought I’d check it out. From what I saw of its TV adverts and YouTube trailers, The Big Sick was advertised as more of a comedy. I didn’t really find it as funny as I expected. The scene of Beth yelling in the comedy club while Kumail tried to calm it all down was pretty funny, as was the 9/11 conversation in the hospital. I can see that there were moments that attempted to make the audience laugh, but failed to make me do so. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Emily and Kumail develop, and there were points where I felt like I was part of the emotional rollercoaster. I did feel that the chemistry and bonding between Nanjiani and Emily’s parents were quite awkward. You must hand it to Kumail, as his determination both in the film and in real life, did pay off. The chemistry between Kumail and Emily is convincing and good fun to watch.
One of my favourite scenes was Beth’s freak out at the comedy club, as that was a hilarious part of the film that lived up to the comedic expectation I had for it. I also loved the ending. It was sweet and a little twist that I was not expecting. I honestly don’t know what much else to say about The Big Sick. It was an interesting and fun film but I expected more from it. I thought I’d laugh a little more and sympathise with the characters more too. That being said, it was still enjoyable.
I’m going to give The Big Sick 7.1/10. It was entertaining to watch but I personally found it lacking in a few places. One of the things that I didn’t like, and I completely understand that this may have been unavoidable and that life can be a little cliché and it was based on a true story, but I found it a little too cliché in some places. If you’re looking to watch The Big Sick, it’s currently available on Amazon Prime Movies.
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