THE BIG SICK was being marketed as either being one of the best comedies of the year or one of the best romantic comedies of the year. Either way, year to date, the bar was pretty low so not a huge target.THE BIG SICK was being marketed as either being one of the best comedies of the year or one of the best romantic comedies of the year. Either way, year to date, the bar was pretty low so not a huge target.
I want to be clear that I really enjoyed the movie and no doubt it was one of the better movies year to date…a Green Light for sure. I had some good laughs and smiles in a film with no A list actors. Actually based on a true story (which I'm not sure if I knew in advanced would have changed anything or that the male lead in the story "Kumail Nanjiani" is actually the co-writer of the film with his wife).
Will be interesting to watch the "word of mouth bounce" of this film. I'm afraid it will not be very strong…solid at best.
There are some definite problems with the title besides being not very imaginative. When I think of the word "Big Sick", my mind races to a movie like "Brian's Song" or "Philadelphia". I thinking of great films with uber sadness. I suspect some folks won't go simply because they aren't in the mood for a sad movie experience.
Hard movie to describe/sell of a Pakistani aspiring stand up comic meets grad student caucasian woman where their one night stand turns into more. We very much root for their simple, playful relationship and I like that neither actor is known to most movie watchers (Nanjiani & Zoe Kazan). I like that neither actor are distracting knockouts so we focus on their words and interactions.
Nanjiani struggles with his culture and his family who are tried and true Pakistani in every sense yet he clearly adores them (but has to lie to stay part of the family). The dinner table scenes including the "drop ins" of arranged suitors is a good running vignette in the movie and solidifies the relentless Pakistani pull.
The likable, fun, quirky Kazan/Emily falls ill at time that she and Nanjiani are no longer together. But the illness, which thankfully is not over dramatized in the film, brings them together. She is in an induced coma so he starts to bond with her parents played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
I think the 2 of them were quietly the stars of the film. Loved their relationship, their honesty and their vulnerabilities. Great to see Holly Hunter on the big screen again..quite a dynamo.
Really enjoyed this nice movie and very well scripted and written. Really hoping no big movies come out next weekend so it might get some legs. I'm afraid this nice film will be here today, forgotten tomorrow. Prove me wrong folks.