I was in Los Angeles, so I decided to catch a movie while I was there. I had been super excited for "The Big Sick" since its debut at Sundance, and it is about a month until its wide release, so it made sense to see it.
The film is extremely well-written. I was consistently laughing, as was the rest of the audience. If you have seen Kumail Nanjiani in anything, his style of humor is the same: a combination of sarcasm, political satire, and heart. In fact, I think that the personal touch he added is part of what made the film work so well. Despite the fact that some of the elements of the story are a little overly optimistic, it works because the film is semi-autobiographical. It creates this sense of wonder, but maintains itself in a grounded state. The characterization is also awesome. Every scene in the film works to develop one of our four main characters, and the audience can easily sympathize with the struggles that each character is facing. The pacing is strong, too, because despite a long runtime, it keeps you thoroughly invested in the story.
There's nothing particularly flashy about the way in which the film was made, but that's okay. It's definitely a story-driven film, and the story is so amazing that that is all you really want to pay attention to. The acting is really strong. Nanjiani is obviously excellent. He is a great comedian, so he can deliver the jokes well, but he also nails the emotional moments because he literally wrote and told his own story. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are also standouts, able to show off their excellent range.
Overall, I think that "The Big Sick" is a great film. It's everything that a romantic comedy should be. It's funny, touching, and well-written, and the actors do a great job with the script. I think that this film truly has the potential to be the indie breakout of the year.
The Big Sick
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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