'Big Sick' Director Michael Showalter on His 'Naturalistic Aesthetic'

"It's a human perspective, not necessarily a kind of fantastical point of view. It's a very human point of view."
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Director Michael Showalter discusses his directing style on romantic comedy 

The Big Sick

with

Justin Stewart

, explaining "I think there’s an aesthetic to the way I like to direct. It may seem sort of naturalistic, but I think I directed the way I felt it should be directed, if that makes any sense. It wasn't in any way like, 'I'm not going to do any flashy stuff because I don't want to interfere,' it was really just that this is how this movie needs to feel."

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

"The kind of influences I have, whether it's some of Woody Allen's movies or Richard Curtis or even someone like Alexander Payne or Jason Reitman, I think that they have a similar kind of naturalistic aesthetic where you're not necessarily trying to draw the audience's attention to the camera, but by the same token you are trying to create a tone and aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye," Showalter continues.

"It's a little bit of a theatrical approach, where the camera is just kind of watching these scenes as an audience member would, so the camera is kind of a human. It's a human perspective, not necessarily a kind of fantastical point of view. It's a very human point of view."

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