The Love Birds Review: A rushed rom-com with bland comedy
Sajid Ali -
CLICK TO STREAM Format: Film Platform:Netflix Movie Rated: 18+ (Language, Sex, Nudity) Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime Language:English Digital Premiere Date: 22 May 2020
What is the story about?
A young couple Leilani (Issa Rae) & Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) who are at a defining moment in their relationship gets embroiled in a homicide unintentionally. The chain of unfortunate events which follows forms the crux of the story directed by Michael Showalter.
Nothing to brag about, but the lead pair despite their shortcomings manage to bring a substantial amount of humour to the table. Kumail looks quite beefed up to pass off as a dork. It’s pretty obvious that Eternals has been keeping him busy. Whereas, Issa sneaks in her quirks to balance the comedic equation.
The premise did sound like a fun-filled ride. But screenplay did not support enough to make it one. It kept dropping its pace and the 1hr 27 minutes film seemed to have done 2 hours. The comedy was good at places and was not consistent which should’ve been the case. The story kind of resonates with “Date Night 2010” Which had Steve Carell and Tina Fey on the on during their date night. But the “The Lovebirds” was missing the electric comedic and romantic chemistry which the former had. The writers do try and distract the audience from the lacking chemistry of the main characters with homicide, corruption and blackmail instances but they fail to make them interesting enough and you keep going back the blandness. This was supposed to be theatrical release by Paramount Pictures but due to the recent conditions, it’s streaming on Netflix.
Music and other Departments
The cinematography by Brian Burgoyne was pretty decent, not much to explore. Robert Nassau’s edit sufficed what was given to work with. The score was very generic nothing enticing or elevating.
Not much of a highlight but the on and off quirks of the main characters make it worthwhile.
The Lovebirds had a great premise which could’ve been a laugh riot but goes cold with overly stuffed mumbo-jumbo.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it and why?
I won’t recommend it. But if you’re in the mood for some cheap thrills and nothing else to stream, give it a shot.
A couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in the relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme - and hilarious - circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Kyle Bornheimer, Betsy Borrego, Kelly Murtagh, Moses Storm & others
Tom Lassally, Oliver Obst, Todd Schulman, Jordana Mollick, Aaron Abrams, Martin Gero, Brendan Gall,
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Production House :
Paramount Pictures, Media Rights Capital (MRC), 3 Arts Entertainment & Quinn's House