SIFF Opening Night – The Big Sick

Hey everyone, Jason from Jack-FM here; playing my dutiful role as JACK MOVIE REVIEW GUY!

Last night was the opening gala of the Seattle International Film Festival, with one of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year, and by far the best opening film of the festival since I started going.

I’ve been attending SIFF for over a decade. I started back in 2004 where I saw “Donnie Darko,” “Saved!,” & “Before Sunset.” I have wonderful memories of seeing Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Paul Feig’s “Spy,” and now this year’s offering, Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick.”

The movie itself has a very simple premise, it’s the true story of how Kumail & his wife, Emily V. Gordon, met, dated, broke up, then ended up together. We knew it has a happy ending, because they were there introducing the movie, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

In the words of my #SIFFBuddy Allexa, “this was the perfect romantic comedy.” It hit all of the right notes without being disingenuous, and it was rip-roaringly funny. We laughed long & loud along with the rest of the audience at McCaw Hall.

The fact that the movie is funny should come as no surprise, Kumail is known for his comedy & his wit shines throughout the movie.

Zoe Kazan is wonderful in the role of Emily, and both Holly Hunter & Ray Romano pack an emotional punch as her parents.

Throughout the evening after the movie as Allexa & I made our way around the Gala, we couldn’t stop talking about how much we liked the movie. Different parts resonated with each of us. I was struck by how real Kumail’s relationship with his parents felt to me, Allexa loved that when the bad things happen, they weren’t sugar coated & we were allowed to feel those emotions with the cast.

To me, that’s the sign of a great movie. Those films that you can’t stop thinking about, that you want to see again right away. And fortunately, we won’t have to wait long. “The Big Sick” opens in wide release on June 23rd.

My final rating – “Just go see it.”

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