Big Sick – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ DVD Review

Big Sick

Real life is funnier than anything we can make-up, funnier than anything we can write or imagine.  Real life is also more touching.  The Big Sick is the real life story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.  Kumail is a Pakistani comic who starts dating an American girl named Emily who he met after one of his shows.  Their relationship goes smoothly enough at first, but Kumail’s parents are very traditional, especially his mother, who insists on arranging a marriage for him with a suitable Pakistani woman.  When Emily discovers this the two fight and break up.  Suddenly Emily falls very ill and her roommate calls Kumail to taker her to the hospital, not really realizing they had broken up.  Emily ends up in a medically induced coma and Kumail has to call and inform her parents.  Parents who he has never met.  Kumail keeps visiting the hospital, even though he is Emily’s ex-boyfriend, and keeps meeting with her parents who eventually warm up to him.  When Emily comes out of the coma, will she take him back based on his faithful visits, his genuine concern for her and the bond he formed with her parents?

Okay, since this is based on a true story, I’ll tell you: she doesn’t… well not at first.  The two do reconcile and eventually marry.

The Big Sick was a love story, but not just between Kumail and Emily, but between both their sets of parents, and was the story of all their relationship; Kumail and his parents, Kumail and Emily’s parents, and of course Kumail and Emily.

I loved the film, I loved the story and I especially loved the casting. Kumail Nanjiani did a pretty good job playing himself.  I can’t think of a better actor to play the role….seriously though, he did a very good job.  I am a fan of Zoe Kazan, she often gets involved in odd, quirky films and roles and delivers great performances.  I really enjoyed her as Emily, unfortunately she spends most of the movie in a coma.  I would have liked to have seen more of her, but that’s not how the story played out.  Holly Hunter is always good, and was fantastic as Emily’s mom, but what really surprised me was Ray Romano.  I never really payed any attention to Romano, in my mind he was just a stand up comic turned actor who played himself and probably couldn’t handle a role much more complex than “sitcom dad”.  Ray Romano was fantastic in this movie.  He was real, he was funny, he was perfect.

The story was good, and was a lot funnier than I thought it would be.  Even though I knew Nanijiani was a comic, I wasn’t sure what direction this rather serious story would take.  Human, subtle, real, and of course very funny.  I am so glad that I got to see this film.

Bottom Line: I can’t wait to watch this one again.


Posted on 17-10-27, in 4.5 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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