gratitude-a-thon day 1061: the big sick

 

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Awesome movie alert! The Big SickThe Big Sick has been getting over the top reviews for months. I was practically loitering outslide the movies theater waiting for its arrival. Of course, I was also afraid that all those reviews would predispose me to thinking the movie was going to be better than it was. I mean, the reviews are like fake, they’re so positive. ¬†What film could possibly live up to that kind of fabulosity? There’s always the danger with such whoo hoo pre-release chatter that you’ll exit the theater angry and disappointed, having eaten more popcorn than you wanted to because the movie wasn’t delivering.

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BUT. NO. UH UH. NOT. The Big Sick is everything it’s been called. The story is kind of basic–a romantic comedy with a couple of twists–boy meets girl, girl is wrong color, boy’s parents want to arrange his marriage, girl gets sick, and well, I’ll just stop there. This movie is really funny, with great acting and superb timing (so good to see Holly Hunter, who is not aging, like AT ALL. And damn, if Ray Romano isn’t an underrated actor, and I’ve never liked Zoey Kazan, but she actually could not be cuter, and I’d never seen Kumail Nanjiani, but he’s amazing). ¬†Nanjiani and his real life wife, Emily V. Gordon wrote the story, because it’s their story–the story of how they met and fell in love. Maybe that’s why it feels so real.

This movie is a lot of fun and reminds you of the power of love, and what a good, good thing that is.