What would you do if your girlfriend suddenly fell into a coma? Bond with the potential future in-laws, of course! I know I don’t typically pay too much attention to the advertisement, but a common theme with many of the trailers was on the film’s comedy, listing it as one of the funniest movies of the year! Well, I don’t know about that…but we’ll talk about that in a little bit. Let’s first post the plot.
“Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family’s desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes” – IMDb
Is it the funniest film of the year? Well, according to my current list of 2017 comedies, this ranks right in the middle of them all, or in other words, #10 in my top 10 thus far. But the thing is, I don’t really consider it a comedy. It’s a dramedy at best, drawing most of its focus on awkward humor, which is a slice of comedy pie that really doesn’t work 100% of the time. It’s also 10th in Drama overall, but I do think the film is much more dramatic than it is funny…just saying. That doesn’t really mean it’s bad, though. It has an interesting concept, and the actors they chose were a smart choice overall.
All of this, of course, is just first impressions. Let’s go ahead and break down The Big Sick to interpret the stars.
PEOPLE SCORE – 9/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 2
First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting, and thankfully, the acting was noticeably great. These characters were diverse, unique, and most importantly, memorable. I am convinced that nobody else can play these characters. They are perfect for these roles. In this film, there were characters that certainly held independent importance and purpose, but not enough. The main characters basically held the importance while everyone else sort of blended together. Everyone in this film really worked well together. Their chemistry was off the charts.
WRITING SCORE – 7/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 2|Story – 1|Originality – 1|Interesting – 1
Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue, which was actually really well thought out. There’s a lot of memorable lines, and just the way people speak is hard to forget. I would certainly say that the film is also very well-balanced and consistently holds a strong focus on the story at hand. When it comes to the actual story, I can’t really say it’s the best. It’s got a few things here and there that I think a lot of people will enjoy, but it’s certainly not the greatest story ever told. Is the film original? Well, I think elements of the film definitely feel fresh and new, but there’s always an itching feeling that we’ve seen this film before…so it’s not as original as it could’ve been. I’d say I was interested enough to watch the film, but as I watched the movie, my interested died down pretty rapidly and was gone before the film ended.
BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1
Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, folks. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as advertised, which is good. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 8/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 1|Obstacles – 1|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2
Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? It was okay, I’ll put it that way. It wasn’t really all that clear because you never really feel like there is a ‘never going back’ moment, but it is what it is. How were the obstacles? Well, I’ll say this much…there weren’t much. There was one main obstacle that they worked on for a while, but that was about it. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Lastly, we’re gonna talk about the falling action, which was really great. It had a nice little calming down moment and a definite returning to a new norm moment as well, so that’s good.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 4/10
Rewatchability – 1|Fun – 1|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impusle/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 2
Okay, so was this movie as entertaining as it wanted to be? Let’s get into that. As far as rewatchability is considered, I don’t know. I might watch it again if I was in the mood, but I don’t see myself looking for the film anytime soon. Did I have fun while watching it, at least? To a degree, yeah, but that really just had to come down to a few scenes here and there, not the entire film. Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Oh, definitely. I never once had a problem getting lured into everything that was happening in this film.
SPECIALTY SCORE – 40/50
Comedy – 5|Drama – 10|Romance – 10|Zoe Kazan – 5|Halfway Decent – 10
Onto the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the film. First and foremost, how was the comedy that everyone seemingly just can’t stop talking about? It was fine, but it wasn’t consistently striking the right chords for me, so I have to give this half points. How was the drama? Like I mentioned before, the drama is definitely more noticeable than the comedy, so I’m granting full points there. How was it as a romance? I think this aspect worked out rather well, especially for it not being a typical romance. Zoe Kazan has a really good job working with other people, and that shows again here – full points. Finally, was this film halfway decent? It was certainly halfway decent at the bare minimum.