This review has been written on a special demand by our dear NITian Shivam Rai.
Year of Release: 2017
Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) is a Pakistani stand-up comedian living in Chicago and trying for his big break. He befriends a grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) and both of them hit of really quick. Being from a conservative Pakistani Muslim family, Kumail’s parents expect him to marry a Pakistani girl only and are unaccepting towards girls from other ethnicity.
How will Kumail convince his parents to let him marry Emily? How will this affect their relationship?
What I liked/loved about the film: –
What really helps you connect with The Big Sick is that it’s real and convincing. Everything that happens in the film happens in actual in our day to day lives starting from our relations to our qualms and issues and happy moments. The actors also put in their natural efforts to showcase the required emotions and do justice to its writing. The film is genuinely sweet and sour in its entire run and its appreciation of the fact that love and pain go hand in hand is shown beautifully. The way Kumail wins the hearts of Emily’s parents and also the love that his own parents shower on him even though they are pissed off are the highlights of The Big Sick. Most actors have done a fabulous job and have been as natural as possible. Zoe Kazan may not have much to do but she was awesome and expressive. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano have also been wonderful and the maturity these actors have instilled in their characters is commendable. Anupam Kher is simply adorable as Kumail’s father and his pep-talk with his son in the climax is heart-warming.
What irked me about the film: –
The movie revolves a lot around stand-up comedy and comedians but most of those jokes are simply flat, uninspiring and tasteless. The film has its humourous moments, no doubt, but it had a lot more potential of being funnier and fails to capitalise on the same. It may seem a tad overlong midway but thankfully it picks up soon in the last 20-30 minutes. No doubt Kumail Nanjiani has done a satisfactory job with his act, yet it felt at times that he wasn’t giving his 100 percent to it and that could be viewed in his lack of expressiveness. Nevertheless, in the emotional sequences he has been great and impressive. Zenobia Shroff who plays Kumail’s mother is also less captivating and less chucklesome as her character ought to be. The conversations within Kumail’s family should have been largely in Urdu instead of English as that would have made more sense though it’s not that a serious issue and can be ignored in the flow of the film.
Final Verdict: –
The Big Sick does well what was expected from it. It’s grounded premise along with loads of sweetness and a pinch of emotional touch makes it an endearing family entertainer. It thus makes up a good watch both casually and otherwise.