The Big Sick
Directed by Michael Showalter
A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.
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★★★★½ review by Houston on Letterboxd
"That's why I never go on the internet. You go on the internet and they hated Forrest Gump. That's, like, the best movie ever!"
Thoroughly endearing and emotional, accompanied by the sort of constant dry humor that I love.
★★★★½ review by Collin Taylor on Letterboxd
The Big Sick is just the definition of a perfect drama/comedy. The way it mixes together serious issues with hilarious comedy works. The writing is spot-on, every character is insanely likable. This film just has so much humanity to it. Every line of dialogue seems natural, every scene flows perfectly. I just had the biggest smile on my face the whole time. I had such a great time with this movie, and I can't wait to go back and rewatch it.
★★★★ review by SilentDawn on Letterboxd
The distinction here is 'truth'. This is a real tale, written about real personalities and events and moments, but The Big Sick is imbued with a gentle understanding of what makes itself effective for the silver screen. It's achingly aware of the story's limitations, the balancing act between comedy and drama, and its gradual moral resolve. But above all else, the film never attempts a certain level of vérité or overt naturalism. It moves and plays with a tremendous amount of grace, especially in an early relationship montage which moves like a little snapshot of liquid feeling, and it commits to the realities of the situation, but never to a fault.
It's even more interesting structurally. The first-half reeling you in, the second-half re-orchestrating past conceptions, and a denouement built for emotional whiplash. The Big Sick is possibly the sweetest movie to ever desire a savage removal of your tears, and even then, you welcome it. Writing, casting, and the non-intrusive melancholy of its visual language are all lovely. That the story's real, and played that way, just makes the heart flutter all the more.
★★★★½ review by Jared S. on Letterboxd
One of the most perceptive and satisfyingly honest looks at love you'll likely have seen in some time. It's structure isn't all too unfamiliar...a little stand-up mixed with some real-life drama. But what makes The Big Sick special, what separates it from the many other quality films of this sort, is the man at it's center, Kumail Nanjiani. I've been a fan for a while, his presence within pop culture has always coalesced with my own interests. Whether it be his video gaming podcast The Indoor Kids, his occasional appearances at D&D on Harmontown, his comedy special Beta Male, or his continuing lead role on the wonderful Silicon Valley, he's been a personal favorite, a guy I've been rooting for.
His defining talent as a comedian, to me, is his honesty. Whether it be his struggle in marrying his Pakistani past to his American present, his experiences and struggles within the world of comedy, or just his incessant and endearing nerdiness; the guy has always had an identity. A fundamental honesty to the art he creates and the projects he chooses. His personal life is a staple in his comedy, he thrives when he dabbles with introspection. And, with this in mind, The Big Sick feels like the perfect next step in his career. A film that is as perceptive as it is heartbreaking, hilarious as it is sincere. Perfectly calibrated to carefully consider each and every character and their role in the story being told. And that story? Something about the difficulty of true love, an acknowledgement of all the warts and blemishes that so often accompany it, the uphill climb it's participants must endure. But also the value of those struggles, the idea that relationships often evolve for the better when tested and challenged. I suspect the movie will become something unique to whoever is watching it, it's so personal in so many ways.
But I also suspect everyone can find something to love in this. The editing is top-notch, achieving good comedic timing in a film is an underappreciated feat. The performances, including Kumail's stand-up friends, Kazan and Nanjiani and especially the two sets of parents, are marvelous. The writing, a collaborative effort, rang true from start to finish. But mostly this shines because it's a story worth telling, created by artists who understand it's value and how to effectively deliver it. With how many indie dramadies are released nowadays, one as uniquely human as The Big Sick is worth celebrating. I kind of rushed through this, only had around 15 minutes before work, but I can safely recommend this to everyone. It's exciting to see new voices enter the mix, and it's worth the price of admission alone to ensure they remain.
★★★★ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be highly disappointed in how boring your life is if you're just dating within your own race.
Needless to say I loved this movie from beginning to end. Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and Emily (Zoe Kazan) watch Night of the Living Dead on their first date for Christ's sake! I was hooked, line and sinker.
I think Nanjiani will probably exceed expectations with his performance (I don't remember seeing him in anything remotely serious before) while Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano are all great especially in scenes with Nanjiani.
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