This is one of those movies I’ve been hearing about for a while. A lot of people have been saying that this film is one of the strongest Oscar contenders from the summer of 2017. Some people even believe that it can get a Best Picture nomination. While I’m not going to officially predict it, I do think this movie has a better shot of getting in than Get Out does.
This movie succeeds primarily because of its screenplay, with fun and realistic dialogue that is surprisingly effective at moving the story along. The film is an excellent example of a dramedy, and what I mean by that is it knows exactly when to be funny and when to be serious. It’s also very well edited, managing to feel much shorter than it actually is.
Even though Kumail Nanjiami is essentially playing himself, he does a very good job in the role. The remainder of the ensemble is very well realized. I hear some people saying that Holly Hunter is a legitimate contender for Supporting Actress. She’s very good, but I don’t think there’s enough for a nomination.
Above everything else, The Big Sick is a charming film. But don’t be fooled, it’s also a very important film. It’s not every day you get to see Muslims depicted for what they are, regular people who happen to celebrate a different religion. It’s an enjoyable film that I can easily imagine viewing multiple times. I actually hope this film gets some love in awards season, because it definitely deserves it.
**** out of ****