Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick is an effortlessly charming film that went to some surprisingly upsetting places with its emotional content, which took me off guard, but in a great way. I’d heard the hype, had skimmed the reviews, but had avoided all of the spoilers, so when a certain something happened in the narrative, I was shocked as I wasn’t prepared for it to happen. The film is consistently funny, sad but honest, it’s extremely heartfelt and well-observed, and much like most films produced by Judd Apatow, the running time is close to two hours, allowing for all the entire ensemble to receive full arcs and numerous scenes to shine. Simply put, I’m blown away by Apatow’s creative track record.
And then to think that it’s a true story, written by the couple that it depicts, with leading actor Kumail Nanjiani playing himself – it’s even better. Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Anupam Kher, and Zenobia Shroff were all superb in their supporting roles, and I was a big fan of how the central relationship was depicted on screen, with nothing feeling forced or over-worked to a point where it felt artificial. Shot for $5 million and grossing $52 million worldwide this past summer, The Big Sick will likely get a Best Original Screenplay nomination from the Academy (just a hunch), and is now available for rent/purchase on Blu-ray/DVD.
Review by Nick Clement