'The Lovebirds' Review

'The Lovebirds' Review
A Funny albeit Middling Action Rom-Com

Rating: ★★★

Netflix's latest rom-com 'The Lovebirds' follows Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as Jibran and Leilani, a couple on the brink of breaking up who is unwittingly involved in a murder. During this night of crazy situations, the two try to solve the crime and clear their names.

'The Lovebirds' won't blow your mind in terms of storytelling or being a technically impressive film. The screenplay penned by Aaron Abrams, Martin Gero and Brendan Gall is serviceable. A lot of what they bring storywise isn't quite original. And while it is not terrible that they didn't bring much new to the table, I just wish they would have. The editing by Vince Filippone and Robert Nassau is easily the worst part of this movie. At times it can be very noticeable and quite distracting. Some scenes have multiple cuts during a small sequence that don't feel motivated or purposeful.
While those critiques can be boiled down to just nitpicking, but the movie as a whole would have been better if those elements were more refined.

The main reason to watch this Netflix distributed action rom-com is because of the impeccable casting of Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. Not only do they steal the show with their shared electric chemistry and fun performances, but they also save it from falling into a pit of mediocrity. If it weren't for them, the movie would not be nearly as entertaining or watchable as it is.

Three years after director Michael Showalter and Kumail Nanjiani's first collaboration 'The Big Sick', the two reunite for yet another rom-com. And while 'The Lovebirds' isn't as well put together compared to their last outing, at a brisk 86-minutes with fun performances from the two leads and some hilarity scattered throughout, it is a fine way to kill time.

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