Film of the Day (08/10/18): The Big Sick

Written By Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Directed By Michael Showalter

I’ve been meaning to watch this for a while, as it is one of the last movies to cross off my Oscar nomination list. It has all the hallmarks of something with Judd Apatow’s name on it, and in a way reminded me of Funny People, but a version probably a lot more relatable to a wider audience. The idea of your parents trying to control you despite you being an adult is bound to resonate, and that’s not even to mention the cultural aspects, which are bound to be prevalent in a country with so much immigration. It’s funny, sweet, sad and real, with some great performances from its cast, including a very good turn from Holly Hunter. The script took a turn I didnt expect, but that’s mostly because I watched the trailer once back in January and totally forgot about it, so i was going in essentially blind. That the story is true helps the more saccharine moments to not feel forced, and while there are some tropes to be found here, the script does very well to handle its subject matter the right way. Nanjiani does great work here, bringing you in with his comedy before running through the gamut of emotions that you would expect from someone in such an unfortunate position. He really knocks it out of the park and elevates the movie to another level.

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