Director: Michael Showalter
Writer/s: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, Martin Gero
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Anna Camp, Paul Sparks, and more.
So what do ya’ll think? Can “The Lovebirds” be a Trolls success story by going to Netflix and find some life there or is it just a dud? Who knows… But what I do know is that I am tempering my expectations as the trailer just barely had my attention and now with Covid plus not so much steam going into a theatrical release, I now place my eyes on “The Lovebirds” via Netflix.
“A couple (Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery.”
Yeah, uh, “unintentionally embroiled” easily translates to “moronically puts themselves into” REAL QUICK. You see, I do not mind comedies where the main characters are extremely stupid. Like a “21 Jump Street” or “Dumb and Dumber.” Those characters, you know exactly what you are going to get but here with “The Lovebirds” you get two “real” characters who are inexcusably stupid. Everything they do worsens the situation due to an inhuman lack of intelligence. I know, I know, if they did not do all the stupid things they do, we would not have a movie. Regardless, this is just something I do not find entertaining. On occasion, I did find some moments funny but largely, it just did not work out.
The story is another 50/50 factor for me. On one end, sure, it is a nonsensical story that I can follow for the sake of it being a crazy comedy. Yet on the other hand, what the hell is even happening? There are cult like groups, extravagant characters, and ridiculous events. Utter ridiculousness that somehow does not entertain enough to keep my attention.
As for the stars Issa and Kumail. I am not too familiar with much of Issa Rae’s work and Kumail I am actually a big fan of. As for “The Lovebirds,” I would say the two put up an alright performance. Ignoring the sheer stupidity the two have to act out, they put out commendable efforts. Far from my favorite, but what are you gonna do?
The move to Netflix is probably the best thing to happen to “The Lovebirds.” I can not see this movie doing anywhere near well in theaters and now they can measure the success of millions of bored people clicking “watch” on Netflix rather than money rolling in from theater goers (or lack there of, rather.) If you fall into being one of those bored Netflix viewers and want to have something new to watch, go for it. However, this is nothing to phone home to.
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