SXSW 2017: “The Big Sick” Review by Ashley Menzel

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SXSW 2017: The Big Sick Review by Ashley Menzel

The Big Sick is an incredibly heartfelt and hilarious film written by the real Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. This film tells the story of their relationship while struggling through a tough period in the lives. Emily (Zoe Kazan) and Kumail (as himself) meet and fall in love, but since Kumail is Pakistani, he is supposed to take part in an arranged marriage. His mother and family continue to try to set him up with someone while he falls for Emily. Following a huge fight about the future of their relationship, Emily becomes suddenly sick and ends up in the hospital. During this time, Kumail stays with her parents, Beth (Holly Hunter) and Terry (Ray Romano) while they go through the trials and tribulations of getting her well again. 

The film is incredibly emotionally charged and hilarious. Kumail and Zoe are phenomenal together and have great chemistry. I think Kumail is hilarious in all of his endeavors, but this has pushed him to another level. There are genuine laugh out loud moments in the film, punctuated by moments of poignancy. The film had a perfect balance of comedy and drama and made my cry from both laughter and sadness. It takes a truly special film to do that. The casting is perfect, and they all have such great chemistry together. The film has a level of honesty in it that is reflective of the phenomenal writing by Kumail and Emily. The comedy is spot on and hits on every single note. The characters, being based on real people are so rich and well-developed. As a married woman, every character hit on something that I’ve experienced in my relationship with my husband. Whether it was my fear of using the restroom with him in the early days of our relationship or the subtle undertones of our annoyances with each other, they were all there. The sense of truth and love that is in this film is felt deeply throughout.

The casting is perfect, and they all have such great chemistry together. The film has a level of honesty in it that is reflective of the phenomenal writing by Kumail and Emily. The comedy is spot on and hits on every single note. The characters, being based on real people are so rich and well-developed. As a married woman, every character hit on something that I’ve experienced in my relationship with my husband. Whether it was my fear of using the restroom with him in the early days of our relationship or the subtle undertones of our annoyances with each other, they were all there. The sense of truth and love that is in this film is felt deeply throughout.

The storytelling is perfect and while the film could use a small 10-15 minute edit, it is a well-written and beautifully told. The honesty and emotion that poured into both the writing and the performances shine in this film. It creates such a fantastic, fresh and open film. The Big Sick is a love story for the ages with the perfect amount of humor and heart.



Editor Rating
 
Total Score
9.0