Soundtrack Review: The Big Sick
The Big Sick Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Big Sick by Michael Andrews.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 9.3
Album Excellence: 42.2%
The Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan & Holly Hunter. The Big Sick is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. The score is composed by Michael Andrews.
I’ve been hearing a lot about The Big Sick this summer, and it’s not even close to being a blockbuster. It’s a very personal love story made to be a film that actually works if you’re to believe the critics and I do think they’re right this time. The very short score is composed by Michael Andrews who I haven’t heard from in a long time. This should hopefully provide me with some good music, and if it does impress me, I’ll be extremely happy because romantic comedy scores tend to not always be that exciting. The score opens with ‘Two Day Rule’ a slow jazzy piece, perfect for summer love. It has a sort of confusion and sadness though, I feel that. Still, it could be the early fumbling of a beautiful relationship. The music is simple, minimalistic and honestly, this is sort of what I was expecting. My favorite part is perhaps when the music speeds up and there’s a power version of the theme near the end. Still, I need more convincing to get fully on board.
You can really feel how intimate the score is when the composer and orchestra talks a bit at the end of ‘One Man Show’. Don’t worry, it’s not annoying and not part of the music, so I find it kind of charming. This is not a multi billion dollar Hollywood machine. It feels more like one guy and a few musicians jamming it out. Andrews does manage to squeeze a few emotions out with his music as well, at least for me. I really feel the worry and sadness of ‘Can’t Lose My Family’ and that’s a big thing. If I can relate to whatever the composer is meant to be portraying through the music, then we all win. There’s a less emotional side of it too that I like, a mysterious side which can be heard in ‘Looking For Emily’, a wonderful minimalistic piece with an interesting sound design. The score is a thoughtful and charming take on the romantic comedy and if you’re in the mood for love, check this one out.
3. Can’t Lose My Family
4. Looking For Emily
5. Voicemail From Emily
7. Biopsy Result