I’m usually not a rom-com fan, but it’s the special ones that get me.
Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae join forces in The Lovebirds, a movie where romcom meets murder mystery. A couple at a defining moment of their relationship becomes entangled in a crazy plot which makes them reconsider their decisions. While this movie has a story that feels unoriginal, Nanjiani and Rae elevate it to give it some likability.
Our two main characters Leilani and Jabrin are a couple on the verge of breakup but they’re fun to watch — they bicker and fight but deep down they truly love one another. Nanjiani and Rae are hilarious to watch together, they channel the ‘bickering couple’ energy incredibly together. But what they do best is those small sweet moments when they realize how they really feel about one another. That balance mixed with witty banter and their natural comedic energy gives you something to look forward to when watching this movie. Not to mention that they’re an interracial couple of color, something you don’t typically see in films. Representation matters, and I think that’s something this movie gets right.
While the movie tries to blend the rom-com and thriller elements, it lacks in originality. This feels like a movie I’ve seen before, where a husband and wife (in their case, only a couple) are tangled up in a scheme together. Oh wait, Netflix came out with the white version of this movie last year, it was called Murder Mystery. Like most other Romantic Comedies, the shot selection isn’t interesting and the cinematography has nothing dazzling about it. The reveals aren’t grandiose, but it’s Kumail and Issa that keep you reeled in.
While I can’t say I’ll find myself watching this movie again, it was fun to sit through two of my favorite stars going through a quick hour and a half murder mystery together.
Have you seen The Lovebirds? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!