Nov 26, 2021
1 mins read
I just watched The Big Sick a few hours ago and I can't help but love it and hate it at the same time. As someone who has to deal the cultural identity crisis that Kumail Nanjiani had to deal with, it's nice to see it played out in a movie this big. My favorite scene in the movie is when Kumail decides not to be kicked out of the family, realizing his love for them far out ways anything they may do to him. Him resisting the cultural idea of being "kicked out" of his family was awesome, showing a different solution to this very serious problem more traditional families have.
On the other hand, as someone who is Muslim, this movie has many problems. Its shown in the beginning of the movie that Kumail doesn't pray at all, and paints it as not a big deal. While I relate to his struggle of not praying (praying 5 times a day is not an easy habit to develop), it was very disappointing to see how much it was brushed aside as if it was nothing. Not being able to pray, and not understanding why that is necessary, is a huge deal in our religion. We forget that our soul is something that needs to be tended to, and the story not exploring this aspect of his character more was really disturbing.
While the positives do out weigh the negatives, there is this sense that something important is missing in this movie. Kumail forgot his religion in the pursuit of love and his career, and I just wish that aspect of his life wasn't brushed aside so easily during the movie.
I hope there will be a movie about how Kumail's brother slowly fell in love with his sister-in-law after their arranged marriage. After all, arranged marriage is just called marriage in Pakistan.