Review Roundup – The Farthest and The Big Sick

Two new films debut this week, including highly feted Irish documentary The Farthest from Emer Reynolds and The Big Sick, a romantic comedy that’s rewriting the rules of the genre, co-written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

Check out some reviews of these films below and pop into the IFI to make up your own mind!

THE FARTHEST
“The film is meticulous, epic and – Kate McCullough’s characteristically fine cinematography justifies theatrical distribution – beautiful throughout. What most surprises, however, is how moving The Farthest turns out to be. Our world is so fragile. We are so insignificant. But we can do hugely ambitious and generous things”
“A wonderful film that will inform generations to come”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Emer Reynolds’ magnificent account of the creation of Voyager I”
5/5 – Irish Independent

“The Farthest is a stirring, evocative documentary about humanity at its most hopeful and innovative”
5/5 – Entertainment.ie

“A film that will make you marvel anew at the stars above and the beauty and ambition of science”
5/5 – Sunday Independent

“It wrestles with the vast and the incalculable and the terrifying to remind us of our own shattering insignificance. Yet in Reynolds’ sympathetic hands, this becomes a reassuring message in troubled times for the human race”
Screen Daily

“Emer Reynolds has truly created something special here”
5/5 – Movies.ie


THE BIG SICK
“The romcom is saved”
4/5 – Irish Times

“the best Hollywood rom-com since Sandra Bullock’s charming 2008 hit The Proposal
5/5 – Irish Independent

“One of the films of 2017 and the rueful rom-com of recent years… This is emotional pinball – with your heart as the plunger”
5/5 – RTE

“a hugely enjoyable, lovable comedy”
4/5 – Guardian

“The Big Sick, while not reinventing the romantic comedy, certainly finds a lot of new fresh material to play around with”
4/5 – Entertainment.ie

“The Big Sick’ is a touching, bittersweet delight, buoyed by a brilliant script and wonderful performances”
4/5 – Movies.ie


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