Monday, July 31, 2017

The Big Sick (2017)

As someone who listens to massive amounts of podcasts I was already extremely familiar with this story going in. Emily and Kumail's courtship is a cornerstone of the comedy podcasting world. They've told this story separately, they've told this story together, they've told it on other people's podcasts, they've told it on their own (now defunct) podcast. And that's just the number of times they've done it on mic. You know they've had to tell this story a million times at various social gatherings with friends and family. And then they wrote a screenplay about it. And then they got notes from Judd Apatow and Michael Showalter. Yet somehow this story did not become stale. I knew exactly where this was going and I was still hanging off of every word and scene. All that podcasting and such paid off. Like the great comedians they are, they honed this material into its ideal form. They know where the laughs are and where the tears are. They are able to play the audience like a fiddle. And they do it expertly.

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