Movie Review: The Big Sick

The Big Sick is not a super fun ride – as the title suggests, there is a lot of sickness involved – but it’s still a sweet recount of how Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon started their relationship.

The relationship has lots of hurdles to clear for Kumail and Emily to find their way together, particularly in Kumail’s family of strict expectations to marry within the community. It also doesn’t help when Emily lands in hospital for months.

I wanted to see this movie after a hearing a review that said it was uplifting and just a feel-good time. Honestly, I don’t really have the same perspective on this film, but it was still worth seeing. I really enjoy watching couples fall in love, those moments that take me back to my first few months with Homeboy, when everything is in vivid technicolor. Unfortunately the story has so much to fit in, this part of the love story gets cut quite short and is overshadowed by Kumail’s internal angst about his family.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I definitely recommend catching this movie if you are a romantic and love ‘despite all odds’ stories.

My only gripe is this: There is so much time spent around the angst and the sickness, I really wanted to be rewarded by seeing Kumail and Emily have some happy moments together at the end. But alas, it’s just hinted at! Give me schmaltzy “I’ve always loved you” scenes any day!

Standout scene:

When Emily finds out Kumail’s family don’t know about her and the elephant in the room about their cultural differences is finally acknowledged.

When I laughed hardest:

Kumail’s mum who won’t look at him because she is so angry with him, but still cooked his favourite meal for his trip, just in case he gets hungry.

Watch this movie if:

You want to muster up the courage to tell your family some hard news.

Themes include:

Relationships; intercultural; interfaith; interracial; family expectations; migrant stories

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