After watching THE BIG SICK at Sundance, I immediately thought it’s about time that stand-up comedian and Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani get a starring role in a film. Directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris, Wet Hot American Summer), Nanjiani co-wrote the film with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, which tells the semi-autobiographical story of their relationship.
The new trailer perfectly packages the film (which opens June 23) — but gives away too much for my taste. It basically told the entire story in broad strokes, which is a good sell, but disappointing in that they should have kept some things a mystery. Even though fans know the real-life story of Nanjiani and Gordon, it might have been more effective to just tease rather than throw it all out on the table. I was pretty oblivious to the “sick” part of the story, so when I watched it, the story had a very substantial impact on me. I hope others can experience the same journey of feelings that I did despite the trailer. Then again, trailers tend to do give away so much more and more these days, so it’s not that big of a surprise.
Nonetheless, Nanjiani’s humor and heart shine through in the two minutes-plus of the trailer. And with its plot details of the Pakistani culture and arranged marriages, this could have easily been an obscure indie that, five years ago, would have never seen the light of day. Now, with Nanjiani’s fame and the current social climate, it will definitely find its way to an audience that can connect to the hilarious, yet heartwarming story.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer