I’m so serious.
Hi friends, thank you so much for sticking with me as we slog through a bunch of serious posts (of which I do have more). But I at least wanted to post this one before getting serious again…
I went to see The Big Sick because Kumail Nanjiani feels like everybody’s friend on twitter. I’ve never met him, but he’s one of those people who just *feels* like he’s your friend. He’s so freaking likable.
So, I saw the movie because I was rooting for “our friend.” He’s friends with the world on twitter and everybody was tweeting about it.
Plus, a podcast (Larry Wilmore’s actually – shoutout to my old boss) reminded me that we don’t usually see POC as leads in rom-coms. Yeah, whoa. That’s so crummy. Let’s support that changing! I’m even more down to see the movie now. So let’s go!
Before I even say anything else, just stop reading this post and if you’re lucky enough that it’s in your city, go go go go go go go go go go go.
Now, onto my post 🙂
Funnily enough, my roommate and I were both finishing getting ready (shoes and stuff) in the living room at the same time. And she was like, “where are you going?” I said the movies. And I told her which one. She hadn’t heard of it. And I was all, “yeah, I don’t know I guess it’s like -” (and I got all silly and over-dramatic and over-acted…). “I’m white! And he’s not white! Oh my. Whatever will we do?” (‘Cause that actually is like *kind of* what the movie’s about.) And we laughed at this premise that could so easily be too heavy handed or whatever.
And then I WENT.
And when it was over, I texted her from the theater bathroom crying. I was like “I was so stupid to make fun of this idea. This is literally the best rom-com to have ever existed ever.” *cry, cry, cry*
I don’t even know where to start.
First off, all the actors are SO good. They’re so believable and lovable and individual. The acting is so good. The writing, the set design, directing – just all of it is so good.
I love that Emily is so three-dimensional. She can hold her own, but she also gets to be emotional and silly.
Also, freaking spoiler alert. Go see the movie before you read this.
But it’s not like she wakes up from the coma and now they’re in love. She has a *real* reaction to what it’s *really* like to *really* be sick. (Or at least, as someone who was really sick, it felt really real to me.)
It wasn’t used as a plot devise that magically worked things out. It was *reeeal,* and the speed at which things would progress (a non-magical speed) felt real!
Even in the beginning of their relationship, you could *feel* them falling in love. It wasn’t rushed. It was so natural. It was the most non-movie, movie I’ve ever seen.
Even his apartment felt so real. I was like “I’ve been in comic’s apartments like that!” The clubs felt like comedy clubs.
It was just so so real and so perfect and I can’t say enough nice things about it. I’ve been thinking about it all day, and quite honestly I kinda just wanna go again pretty much right now.
It is so good. I am legitimately not kidding you when I say best rom-com ever. Nothing happens because it’s “supposed to.” You’re not saying her lines before she says them, because she acts like a real person, not like a movie character. And I just looooove it.