#REVIEW: “THE BIG SICK”
One of this summer’s biggest sleeper hits comes by way of Sundance where not only did it pick-up distribution, but also wide acclaim and tons of buzz along the way.
The Big Sick is the semi-autobiographical love story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon, its script which they co-wrote. Initially to be a one night stand, the couple’s story begins at Kumail‘s stand-up gig where Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) heckles him, a then fledgling funnyman. With his parents set on an arranged marriage for him, we see tensions mount as cultural differences pull Emily and Kumail apart – that is, until an unexpected medical emergency occurs, bringing Kumail together with Emily‘s parents. Although we know ultimately Emily lives to tell their tale, we wonder how they overcome the many struggles and uncertainties thrown their way.
While Michael Showalter directs, Producer Judd Apatow‘s unique vision and ability time and time again to deliver funny and genuinely heartfelt stories is very apparent. His knack for giving us uncensored honesty at an unhurried pace applies once again to The Big Sick.
Nanjiani and Gordon’s script captures well the humour in blunder, but in a way which warms us up to their characters. While absent for a good portion of the Film, Kazan‘s presence very much still is felt, very indicative of powerful storytelling. Nanjiani captures well the struggle and confusion he felt at a point earlier in his life as he tries negotiating the values instilled upon him through a traditional Muslim upbringing versus his identity as an American man. We grow along with him and in his own self-realization and his realization of his love for Emily. We find ourselves invested in their reconciliation in the face of struggle and want it to work.
In addition to fantastic deliveries from our two leads, Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are super-present as Emily‘s parents, Terry and Beth, and we revel in each layer being peeled from their eccentric surfaces.
The Big Sick is a modern American love story with a sharp wit and on-pitch awareness that nourishes both the heart and soul.
Elevation Pictures release THE BIG SICK Friday, June 30, 2017 in select cities and wide on Friday, July 14, 2017.