Chris’ Movie Review
The Big Sick
Rating: 9/10 (Great)
Recommendation: Pay The 8
97% on Rotten Tomatoes? Well then. I guess that’s a good enough reason to give this film a look over.
The Big Sick stars Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail), Zoe Kazan (Emily), Holly Hunter (Beth), Ray Romano (Terry), and Anupam Kher (Azmat).
Kumail is a stand up comedian who lives in Chicago. After one night, in a comedy club, he comes across a girl who gained his attention during his routine. They go out for awhile and things are going well…. Until it all falls apart.
The Big Sick is one of those movies that come out during the summer and tend to be forgotten about as time moves on by. Which is really a shame because these films are generally really good or a ton better than whatever the studios are pushing on us as audience. (Full disclaimer: This summer has been really good to us.)
For starters, this film is an emotional rollercoaster ride. The movie starts off comedic, charming, likeable, and then the tone just shifts at a snap of the fingers. The film then dives into some serious issues but there’s always that hint of a smile right around the corner. Letting you know, or at least you think you know, that things are going to be alright.
When it comes to romantic comedies, there’s usually a “Stereotype” plot that these movies follow. And The Big Sick seems to be heading into that direction but no. It’s a complete surprise. Everything that happens in the second act feels fresh and new. At least it does to me.
This could be a spoiler so, you’ve been warned. But Kumail’s girlfriend becomes really ill. She gets an infection that spreads across her lungs, to her kidneys, even to her heart. And during these moments, Kumail isn’t even her boyfriend. They actually broke before this incident occurred. But here’s the kicker.
What separates this movie from the rest is the fact that Kumail becomes the person that puts her into a medically induced coma. He’s the only one who can sign the papers at the time and he goes through with it. During this time, Kumail gets sort of forced to spend time with her parents. Who, her mom and dad, knows everything about the reason why Kumail and Emily broke up. And her mom really holds it against him.
This second act is great for two reasons. One, I don’t think this has been done before. And two, watching strangers work together to overcome their grieve and sorrow is fascinating. Just imagine you loving someone, breaking up, and then trying to get along with their parents that you’ve never met. It would be awkward and very difficult to overcome. And the ultimate spoiler is, this is based on true events.
Okay, you can decide whether or not to dock points from originality for this movie but I’m giving it points. The studios could’ve came in, said “This needs to be changed,” and then we’re left with a totally different second act. The fact that the writers, director, and Kumail were able to fight and keep the movie the way it is, is pretty impressive. Oh, and Kumail is portraying his real life self. Another spoiler drop. (I keep saying “Spoiler” but all of this information is probably out there somewhere.)
Now there are some aspects to this movie that are great. The acting can be a little off, the third act drags a tad, and the comedy will vary (As usual), but there are so many great elements that come from this movie that make it entertaining, caring, and endearing that it over shadows the negative by a mile.
In all honesty, this movie won’t resonate with everyone. There are films out there that just don’t do it for some, but The Big Sick is one that should get support. Sure, you may not love it, or even watch it a second time, but there’s a great true story here that’s well done. And that needs applause alone.
The Big Sick is a movie that will most likely get overlooked because of the main feature “War For The Planet Of The Apes” is out this weekend. But it shouldn’t stop you from giving it a look over at least once.
And since I strayed away from my usual style, I’ll end it with this. Give it a shot. Even if it’s a rental, try it out. If you hate it, you can let me know in the comments below.
As usual, thanks for reading!