Netflix's 'The Lovebirds' has fans swooning over Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's simple, yet natural chemistry
What shines through the movie is the HBO comedic geniuses' (Rae's still on 'Insecure' and Nanjiani's 'Silicon Valley') chemistry proving Leilani and Jibran are two characters perfect for each other
Spoilers for 'The Lovebirds' on Netflix
Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae's 'The Lovebirds' is perhaps Netflix's best offering from the lot of its romantic comedies. Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) surprisingly find themselves caught in a murder mystery. In a desperate bid to prove their innocence, the couple escapes the police and solve this murder on their own. But just before they ventured on this adventure — a series of misadventures — they had decided to break up their four-year-long relationship. Like most relationships, time had taken a toll on their love for each other and now mere remnants of that affection remained.
This mystery gives their relationship a chance to revisit the good times. All the unmet expectations they have had for each other over the last few years are all dissipated in the face of this life-threatening investigation. But what shines through the movie is the HBO comedic geniuses' (Rae's still on 'Insecure' and Nanjiani's 'Silicon Valley') chemistry. Simple yet natural, Leilani and Jibran are two characters perfect for each other.
Fans of the actors think so too. "#TheLovebirds was such a great movie. @IssaRae and @kumailn were fantastic! 10/10 would recommend," tweeted a fan. "15 minutes into The Lovebirds and I’m already laughing my ass off. Definitely recommend!" added another.
Their chemistry together is easily laudable. "I’m gonna need @IssaRae & @kumailn to reunite every few years for a new comedy because they are amazing together. #TheLovebirds," tweeted a fan. "I'm a few seconds into #TheLovebirds and the post-meet cute between @IssaRae and @kumailn is ridiculously high on chemistry. These two = *chefs kiss*," agreed another.
Many fans are also applauding the casting on Nanjiani and Rae as an interracial couple — a point that plays an important part in the movie. After fleeing the crime scene, Leilani disagrees with Jibran's suggestion of going to the police because she is worried that the colour of their skins wouldn't give them a chance to prove their innocence. And so they embark on this investigation together.
"I love an interracial couple where neither of them are white. #TheLovebirds," tweeted a fan. "#Thelovebirds has an interracial relationship that doesn’t involve whiteness. We love to see it," said another. "I hope #TheLovebirds sparks more diverse POC relationships on screen," they added. 'The Lovebirds' is currently streaming on Netflix.