Howdy, guys! Hope you all had a fun long weekend (or, is that just here?)!
I’m coming to you today with a special treat, another guest post by the wonderful Adrian Urbina! Poor guy sent this to me weeks ago, and it took me this long to post it. Oops! Sorry, Adrian!
This time, he came to me with a super review of the recent movie The Big Sick. If I’m being really honest here, I have to admit: I haven’t even seen this movie yet! I’ve been meaning to see it for a while now, but just never got around to it. I guess this shows how much I trust my go-to movie guy!
So, without further adieu…
Let’s give Adrian a big, warm Zoeyvaluated welcome!
The rom-com genre has often been described by critics as “formulaic”, “repetitive” and “boring” and have also been stereotyped and targeted to one specific audience: women. However, I, a man, am a huge fan of romantic comedies. Movies like “Annie Hall”, “500 Days of Summer”, “Notting Hill”, “Crazy, Stupid Love”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and absolute classics like “It Happened One Night “ remain some of my all time favorites. So, whenever a romantic comedy is an Oscar contender, I can’t help but want to watch it.
Yes, romantic comedies are formulaic, and yes they’re targeted and marketed to women. Most of them have the same plots and story-lines and characters, but every now and then, there’s a movie that breaks the genre and all of its conventions and reminds us that romantic comedies still have a few fresh angles to explore. “Annie Hall” did it back in the 70’s and won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. “500 Days of Summer” did it in 2008 and it was a huge awards season contender. However, these types of romantic comedies aren’t common, but “The Big Sick” managed to be relevant and it nabbed a Best Original Screenplay nod, so I had to watch it.
“The Big Sick” is based on the real-life relationship of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. The movie follows Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who connects with Emily after one of his stand up sets. However, what was meant to be a one-night stand, becomes a real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mysterious infection, it forces Kumail to navigate the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, who he’s never met.
The movie deals with incredible themes of family expectations and cross-cultural relationships, which are rarely seen on romantic comedies. The movie’s originality is found in the singular themes it explores while still using the usual romantic comedy formula.
The acting delivered by leads Kumail Najiani and Zoe Kazan is outstanding, supported by a thrilling performance by Holly Hunter. The performances allow the brilliance of the writing to shine through every single word and scene. The directing and the editing allows for emotions to flow naturally, and the overall result of all these amazing factors is a well-rounded, compelling masterpiece.
“The Big Sick” is such an important film in an era where other cultures aren’t as equally accepted and hated in America. It brings a message of unity and it allows to get to know other cultures and understand them better, such as Muslim culture.
The film stands out in every single form, shaped by a beautiful story of true love standing the test of illness, family and personal issues. It shows a wonderful transformation in the lead characters and shows a brand new insight into what true relationships are.
“The Big Sick” is, to my opinion, an even better romantic comedy than some of the most acclaimed films in the genre for the simple fact that it is something unlike anything ever written, shot and shown in a movie theater. The movie does a great job showing how our cultures and families help shape who we are and the decisions we make as well as how love can turn our perspectives and convictions upside down. It shows the sacrifices people make for those they love and it truly demonstrates that the force that binds and connects everything in the universe, is true, unconditional and sincere love.
Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely love this dude’s writing! I’m not even exaggerating when I say his talent blows me away. The words, the messages, the way it all flows… wow!
Hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I did, and that you all have a great rest of your week! Me? I’m going to be watching The Big Sick!
Have you seen it? If you have, what did you think?
Thanks for sticking around!
Until next time,