The Big Sick

The Big Sick (Review)

I saw “The Big Sick” on Saturday. It’s my first film to see in a movie theater since Oscar season. This isn’t because there aren’t any good movies that have come out – there are many that I hope to catch up on – finishing my undergraduate got in the way. I digress.

One review I read basically stated that this film had the perfect blend of comedy and drama to something that is marketed as a romantic comedy. This couldn’t have been more accurately descripted. “The Big Sick” does something that I haven’t seen from a comedy in a while. I laughed. A lot. I’ve had multiple discussions with various people. I’ve even gone into the rabbit hole of searching “Kumail Nanjiani” on Google.

The biggest thing that stuck out to me in this movie was how relatable it is – to any age, religion, race, etc. My grandma could learn something from this movie, but she probably hasn’t been to the movie theater in decades. Maybe I’ll buy it on DVD and bring it to her next visit. Once again, I digress.

“Sick” has a cast of characters that honestly couldn’t have been better picked. A lot of people are going to this movie because of that “really funny guy on Twitter” or “the guy on ‘Silicon Valley,’ right?” But actually for me, Ray Romano was a driving force. Romano didn’t disappoint. He actually exceeded my expectations. I do have a soft spot for him, though. I learned my first curse word – bastard – on his show “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Holly Hunter was fabulous – another trip down memory lane ensued during/after the movie. Her relationship with Nanjiani’s character was a highlight of the movie. I really don’t like to spoil, but her scene when she goes to one of Nanjiani’s shows was just spectacular.

However, this film could not have been done without Adeel Akhtar, Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff – who play Nanjiani’s brother, father and mother, respectively. Their depiction of a Pakistani-American family, which is widely praised (deservedly so), is something I haven’t seen on television or on a screen possibly ever. That is something you’ll read in most reviews, and hey, now you’ve read it in mine.

This lack of representation in Hollywood is something troublesome that continues to be something we all dwell on or, at least, read about, but I’m not going to because I don’t believe that is the true takeaway from the film. And maybe it is, but who’s to judge with any form of media nowadays. We all gravitate towards our own message.

My back-and-forth commentary within this review isn’t intentional, but I really felt like writing immediately after seeing the movie because it was just so wonderful.

Instead of seeing a spring blockbuster bomb, I got to see a refreshing journey and continued search for more life in “The Big Sick.” Kumail Nanjiani is truly a gem and not just “that guy” you’ve seen somewhere. Well, at least now he won’t be. I smiled during the movie and writing this post. And now, isn’t something we could all do a little more of?

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