By Daniel Occelli (Mexico City)

 

The Big Sick is the new romantic comedy brought to you by Michael Showalter, the director of another great film called, Hello, My Name Is Doris. He brought his own style into a weird story that is actually 100% true. This film tells the actual love story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon written by themselves. As weird as that is, The Big Sick is one of the best films of 2017, it is a hilarious movie about love and family that works in almost every way.

My favorite thing about The Big Sick was the writing, it was funny, clever and awkward but it was also deep at times, when it needed to get real it got real and it gave you some insight into what love really is in this live, the film went from harmless romantic comedy to so much more thanks to this script, I absolutely loved it and the fact that it was written by our main characters in a way, it made it feel so real. The performances were great, some of the actors were literally playing themselves, but that is still quite the challenge, and my respects to Zoe Kazan for playing the role of Emily, she was literally reprising the role of the writer of the film, and the other writer was both her co-star and husband to the other writer.

I know this gets messy, ha-ha, but imagine what a day in set must have been, I really think she did an amazing job. In spite all that, the best performance in this film was given by Holly Hunter as Emily’s mother, she owned every scene she was in, especially a scene involving a comedy show, you understand her character completely and her performance was seriously Oscar worthy, at least for a nom.

The comedy in the film was also amazing, I haven’t laughed this hard while watching a movie in a long time, especially in one joke that I won’t spoil, I loved the way every joke landed, even in the most dramatic moments, when they threw a line it worked for me, I was really impressed with that, especially since I don’t love Kumail as a stand-up comedian. And not only his lines, most of the jokes in the script were amazing.

As for flaws, I can say the movie can get a little slow when we first go into the hospital setting, but it picks up almost immediately. I said most of the jokes land because there are a couple told by the character that plays Kumail roommate that simply didn’t, I did not like that character at all and I was glad we spent less and less time with him as the film progressed. That being said I really don’t think I have a lot of flaws with the film. I don’t know if Aidy Bryant was actually playing herself but she took no risks in this performance, she was doing exactly the same thing she does every Saturday night, if she was playing herself then I have no issue with that, if not, she was pretty bad.

Taking my flaws aside I do have to say The Big Sick is one of the best romantic films out there in a while, it reminded me a little bit of films like (500) Days of Summer, not because of the plot or the characters, but the way I felt once the film was over, I felt this is the kind of cleanse that I desperately needed. This is the kind of love stories I want in theaters, not stuff like Fifty Shades of Grey or How to be Single, and the fact that this is a true story makes it all that better. I’m going to give The Big Sick a 9.0/10.

Fantastic film, go check it out.

Rating: 5/5

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