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The Big Sick Blu-ray Review

Big Sick

“The Big Sick” is a sweet biographical story.

Based on events that occurred to real life married couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, “The Big Sick” revolves around Kumail (as himself) who is a struggling stand-up comedian that is looking to make it big all while being pressured into an arranged marriage by his family. One day while doing a show, Kumail meets a heckler (Emily) and strangely begins to fall for her. Unfortunately, he eventually succumbs to family pressure in regards to an arranged marriage and reluctantly breaks up with Emily. Shortly thereafter, Emily develops a lung infection and is forced into a medically induced coma. After this tragic event, Kumail meets Emily’s parents and decides to stick around the hosptial and get to know her parents even though he and Emily split up and Emily’s parents have no idea why he’s hanging around still. While everyone hopes things get better for Emily, Kumail begins to bond with her parents and starts to reflect on what decisions he should make about his future.

“The Big Sick” is often billed as a romantic comedy, but it’s way more than that. Yes, it’s a love story at heart, but it’s also about family, culture, and Pakistani Muslim immigrants. It’s a very refreshing and honest story that showcases a POV that is rarely seen in a Hollywood feature film. Granted, it helps that the screenplay by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani is based in reality, but it’s still a movie that is showing audiences something different.

The cast is largely excellent here. Ray Romano continues to show off his dramatic (and comedic chops) as Emily’s father and Holly Hunter is fantastic as per usual. Zoe Kazan may not be on screen as much as others, but she once again proves she is an underrated talent. As for Kumail Nanjiani, he struggles a bit here I feel. Even though he’s acting in a story about his life, his dramatic work is a little uneven. Since he is a comedian and a comedic actor who really shines in projects like “Silicon Valley,” he’s a bit out of his element here at times and it shows. Now, most of the time he’s quite good especially when it comes to the film’s many humorous moments, but there’s a few deep dramatic moments that he seemed uncomfortable with.

As likable as the movie is, there is one thing that bugged me. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more between Emily and Kumail’s relationship. By the time the end rolled around, I couldn’t help but feel a little frustrated in that we (the audience) are only getting half of the story really. We don’t get to see their romance blossom or how they get married. Sure, you can argue that wasn’t the story here, but it would have made the movie feel a bit more complete and layered.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The movie is visually a little dark at times which doesn’t even fare well in 1080p, but this disc still boasts a decent transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This track does the job for this largely dialogue heavy film.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy. * Lionsgate trailers. * 8 deleted scenes. * “The Bigger Sick: Stick Around For More Laughs”- 10 ½ minutes of footage from “The Big Sick” comedy/movie tour which features some stand-up comedian acts as well. * “The Big Sick: The Other Stuff”- Nearly 4 minutes of deleted jokes. * 11 ½ minutes of footage from “The Big Sick” panel from the 2017 South By Southwest Film Festival. * “The Real Story”- Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani talk about the real life story that the film is based on. A charming extra. * “A Personal Journey: The Making Of The Big Sick”- A featurette that essentially sells the movie and explains how it came about. * A lively and informative commentary by Barry Mendel, Michael Showalter, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

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September 9, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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