What do you get when you mix together a romantic comedy and murder mystery into one film? The Lovebirds! Released in the midst of the global pandemic, Netflix’s The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani follows a quirky couple as they set out to solve a murder all while testing the bounds of their relationship. YouTuber Sharronda Williams from the channel Pay or Wait shares her thoughts on the streaming comedy flick.
I love the chemistry that they have. Both the romantic chemistry, but most importantly the comedic chemistry they have amongst one another … I really just had a smile on my face when watching this.
The actors seem like they have a genuine chemistry that translates fantastically on screen through their character relationships, says Williams, who praises the performances. Especially in the beginning of the film when it showcases a little montage backstory of how the couple met and fell in love. The characters back and forth quips feel relatable, believable and at times attainable, according to the YouTuber.
I want that. That is the love I strive to have … I believe in dating because of that whole first five-minute montage they had.
An important aspect of the film, the YouTuber points out, is the film's attempt at representation. Representation matters. Williams gives major props to the film for not only a diverse casting, but for depicting a different type of an interracial couple. She notes that most of the entertainment industry portrays interracial couples as a white person paired with a person of color. But in real life, there are many other types of interracial couples like in the film with Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani).
There are other types of interracial relationships that happen in the world. To see Issa and Kumail not only star in this film but to play two characters in a relationship that this film really centers around, was really refreshing to see … when we talk about representation, this is what we’re talking about.
YouTuber Sharronda Williams from the channel Pay or Wait reviews new movies and TV shows weekly.