Hi folks and welcome to the The Friday Film Club where both myself and Kim will be highlighting a film which we feel is worth checking out. At the same time we would love to hear your own selections whether your choosing to just name them in the comments section or join us in arguing the case for your film on your blog, let us know and we will share it below.
Kim’s Pick – The Big Sick (2017)
Loosely based on the real life relationship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon who also penned the script for this romantic comedy, The Big Sick tells the story of a Pakistani guy Kumail, both an Uber driver and a stand-up comedian and his interethnic relationship with Emily. As he tries to live his life the way he wants while not ruffling the feathers of his parents as a facade, his indecisiveness of which side to commit to affects his relationship when she discovers that he has been constantly keeping a box of pictures of girls that his mother has been setting him up with. However, when Emily ends up hospitalized, Kumail commits to helping out her parents despite their reluctance and ends up facing his true feelings and become more certain and more honest of his desires.
The Big Sick is something of a breath of fresh air in the whole realm of romantic comedies. It highlights a little of cultural differences that stand between those involved in interethnic relationships. At the same time, it still bundles in a decent amount of soul-searching on behalf of primarily the character of Kumail as the character of Emily does fall into a coma for at least half of the film or something. This also is quite the unusual sort of flow of events as it makes it much more than simply a typical rom-com.There’s a deeper level as these other elements get brought into the picture.
Looking at the cast, there is not much to say about Kumail as someone who plays himself in this somewhat autobiographical flow of events. However, there is quite an impressive little cast here going and the first goes to Zoe Kazan who, while spends most a good part of it in a coma, brings in a very quirky female lead, which shouldn’t be a surprise with the roles that she has played before whether in an indie romance like In Your Eyes or Ruby Sparks. Playing her father Terry is Ray Romano who plays a fairly serious role here despite the story touching in the stand-up comedian main character. Playing the mother is Holly Hunter who takes on quite a strong motherly role who finds a growing bond with Kumail and has a powerful scene where she attacks someone in the audience for making a racial comment.
There’s a lot to love about The Big Sick. A big part of it goes to it feeling genuine and heartfelt. The other part is that the intercultural relationship is a refreshing angle to take with some new themes to explore. If you like a nice romantic comedy, this one definitely fits the bill.
Elwood’s Pick – Widows (2018)
As a director Steve Mcqueen is hardly one whose name attached to a film instantly makes it a must see especially after having endured the tedious Hunger and award pandering 12 years a Slave. So it wasn’t surprising that this film originally flew under my radar until recently and more shockingly turned out to be a film of his I can actually recommend!!
Following a trio of women who in the wake of their criminal spouses being killed in a botched heist find themselves picking up their debt with Veronica (Viola Davis) the wife of the heist mastermind Harry (Liam Neeson) now setting out to pull off the heist he was planning.
Bringing together a fantastic cast here Mcqueen crafts a tight tale not only following the amatuer crooks as they attempt to pull off the heist with no actual criminal experience and nothing but the desperation of their situation to drive them on. At the same two equally corrupt parties are battling out to be alderman of the Chicago south side giving the feel the feel of “The Wire”.
A gripping watch throughout here this film along with the much underappreciated Oceans 8 showed the ladies were just as capable of the guys and this is certainly the case here and even if Mcqueens other films failed to connect this is certainly one worth checking out.
So you’ve seen our picks for this week’s double feature but what are your movie watching plans this weekend?
Let us know in the comments section below.