10 Amazing Things I Liked About The Big Sick (2017)

In no particular order:

1) The humour, as shown in both the stand -up of Kumail but also in his personal life. I got the idea that he started out as just a funny guy with a sharp sense of humour, and so decided to use that in stand-up. He even tells jokes during the dark times in the hospital.

2) The cinematography. It seemed tightly planned and filmed. I liked the edgy feeling some of the vision gave me during some of the intense moments in the film.

3) The gentle but satirical portrayal of an immigrant family trying to live in a new nation. The question is asked – why come to another country just to stay the same and not become American?

4) The realistic portrayal of a flawed marriage. Emily’s parents struggle to respect each other, but are still striving to be committed to each other.

5) Something I did not like – but that I admired – was the way some heartbreaking and sorrowful moments are executed in such a way that it is hilarious. It is a testament to the writing and acting that some audience members were cracking up during scenes of anguish. I found this disquieting, but I respect Michael Showalter (the director) for this achievement.

6) The characterizations are wonderful. The characters a likeable, but their complexity is introduced is simple ways. You feel for these characters while they are being broken desperate people. I felt this even when they are making mistakes.

7) The power struggles between racist people and other people who are fiercely protective of their friends.

8) The noble heart that Kumail shows on more than one occasion.

9) The simplicity of the ending

10) The fact that I found out right at the end, that this film is based on a true story. This made me glad! To know that this couple is real and their story is now being used to make people happy while they watch it – this makes me glad too.

The Bishop and the Robin

What do a French priest and a Narnian robin have in common?

In the epic story of Les Miserables, a priest shows mercy to the main character by sparing him punishment of his theft, and then generosity. The priest gives Jean Valjean an expensive item of silverware, which enables him to set up a stable  life for himself. How kind.

Without the priest in Les Miserables, our hero Jean Valjean would never become mayor of a town, where he grew in respect and influence.

Without the French bishop, our hero Valjean would never grow to love Marius like a son.Were it not for the gift of the valuable silverware, Valjean would never have met the fragile prostitute Fantine and wouldn’t have had the opportunity to help her in her dying days.

Without the devout man of God, Jean Valjean would never meet Cosette, his adopted daughter.

Without the robin in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the four children would never have met Mr and Mrs Beaver. The robin leads the kids, silently, to the friendly ambassadors of Narnia.

Without the silent bright red bird’s courage to be seen in the wood (even some of the trees are on her side!), the kids would not have met Aslan, the mighty lion.

Without the brave bird, the Pevensies would not have come to their place as the king and queens (and high king) of Narnia and the Lone Islands.

Edmund would remain a bully, Tumnus trapped in stone, and Narnia a dangerous, scary place.

The robin appears on three pages of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Three pages out of two hundred.

The Bishop of Digne appears in only 1 song out of 30 in Les Mis.

Who are you a bishop for? It does not matter that you are only in one scene. You have made a difference.

For whom can you be a Narnian robin? A guide in the right direction. A bearer of truth and provider of help.

Don’t underestimate your encouraging word, your small kind gesture and the opportunity to do so.