In new crime / comedy / drama The Lovebirds, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are a couple trying to clear their name after being pulled into a bizarre murder mystery. Will their relationship survive the night following the day’s unexpected events?
Directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick (2017); additional key cast includes Anna Camp, Paul Sparks, Kyle Bornheimer…
I’m not yet sure that I’m sold on the premise / believability of this movie just yet, but I do want it to be good.
Also, it’s probably safe to say at this point that Hollywood currently has a thing for murder mysteries right now. First Murder Mystery (2019), Then Knives Out (2019), now The Lovebirds – and I’m probably forgetting another one or two. Maybe.
Joe Chrest, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Moses Storm, Blaine Kern III, Andrene Ward-Hammond, Jaren Mitchell, Matthew Rimmer, Catherine Cohen, Rebecca Chulew and Kelly Murtagh also star.
From Writer / director Stella Meghie, The Photograph is a new comedy / romance starring Issa Rae, Chelsea Peretti, LaKeith Stanfield and Y’lan Noel.
A series of intertwining love stories set in the past, the present and all about forgiveness, courage…
In the style of Joey Tribbiani at that Thanksgiving dinner in Friends: ‘Issa, good! LaKeith, Good! A very real looking depiction of a modern love story, good!’
Or, to put it another way, I can relate the more than one of the themes in this good looking trailer, and I like the cast.
Courtney B. Vance, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Teyonah Parris, Lil Rel Howery, Rob Morgan, Christopher Cassarino, Jamaal Burcher, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Wakeema Hollis also star.
Little, the comedy about a woman struggling with the pressures of adulthood, and somehow gets to relive the life of her younger self is a movie that did not live up to the promise of the its great trailer. I actually enjoyed the Little trailer so much that for a few days there, I confess to playing it instead of uptempo music as I worked out.
Starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Justin Hartley and Marsai Martin, I knew things weren’t great when I found myself losing interest approximately 12 minutes in. The disappointment was so real for me that I actually became quite impatient for Martin’s young character’s arrival; all in hopes that my feelings about director Tina Gordon’s film would improve. They did not. Instead I felt a strong sense of disappointment coursing through me. Okay, maybe ‘coursing’ is a tad strong but I definitely wasn’t happy. In fact I’d best describe Little as mostly flat and bad, with moments of dodgy dialogue including some ‘definitely could have been better acting.’
I’m sure it didn’t help that once again, near enough all the best bits were featured in the trailer, leaving not much else to enjoy. And since the premise is far from fresh, the chances that Little would be a great experience weren’t the best. I still like Hall and Rae. I’m just not pleased with the end result of this movie that they made.
In terms of what I liked about Little, that would be everything before the twelfth minute, when I was still hopeful. I also enjoyed the back of Hall’s character’s striped blue shirt – including the joke that’s made at its expense.
If you like Tom Hanks’ 1988 classic Big, the film that inspired Little, watch it again instead. Unless you really need to see Little for yourself. Who knows, perhaps the end result would have been different – in a good way if Martin had been a teenager, as Hanks’ character was in Big. Perhaps