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Lockdown Review : The Lovebirds (Streaming on Netflix)
Published on May 26, 2020 1:45 am IST

Starring : Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Kyle Bornheimer

Directed by : Michael Showalter

Produced by : Tom Lassally, Oliver Obst, Martin Gero, Todd Schulman, Jordana Mollick

Cinematography : Brian Burgoyne

So, continuing the series of reviewing movies and shows during the lockdown period, our today’s pick is the Netflix original film The Lovebirds.

What’s it about?

The Lovebirds is a movie that revolves around a couple, Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) who is on the brink of breaking up. One night, the couple is forced into a crime that they didn’t commit. The rest of the movie is as to how they clear their names while also managing to sort out their relationship issues.

What’s good?

The performances by the lead couple are on point. The actors also manage to rightly portray their wildly contrasting personalities at the various stages of their relationship. The humor that both the actors bring to the table, and the way they sell it is good. The crime angle induced in the story also looks good. The BGM and camera work is quite good.

What’s bad?

Although the plot is promising, the execution falls flat right from the very beginning onwards. Issa and Kumail act well but fail to make you believe that they are a romantic couple. As the movie progresses, it feels more like a drag and a battle between the couple that only one has to win. Things become really boring after the first 30min, and you start to wonder where the film is going. The emotions in the film are very weak.

Final Word

On the whole, The Lovebirds is a movie that you can watch only if you have a lot of patience and time on your hands. Now that we’re all stuck in a lockdown, one can try it but there is nothing worth entertaining in this confusing and boring film.

Rating: 2/5


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