Being the Ricardos

2021

Biography / Drama / History

36
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 68%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 18618

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January 02, 2021 at 09:38 AM

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Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz
Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball
Peter Onorati as Vittorio
Brian Howe as Charles Koerner
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by moonspinner55 6 / 10

"It might have been Lucy in 'All About Eve'...and she would have blown the doors off the place!"

As TV's "I Love Lucy" reaches 20 million households a week in the US in the early 1950s, it's star, Lucille Ball, is fighting Communist affiliation rumors started by columnist Walter Winchell; she's also fighting with husband and co-star Desi Arnaz about his lack of marital attention and is about to reveal to the television audience that both she and her TV-counterpart, Lucy Ricardo, are "expecting". Although this handsomely-produced portrait of the legendary actress is an entertaining one, there are a myriad of timeline issues and anachronisms within the film which "I Love Lucy" purists are bound to be troubled by. There's also a hurdle in buying Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz (Bardem has Desi's Cuban-accented voice--and his flirtatious charms--down, but he's too old for the role). Kidman fares better as Lucy, proving her naysayers wrong and giving a wry, tough, courageous performance. Lucy's off-camera relationship with Vivian Vance (played by Nina Arianda) is curiously edgy despite reports throughout the years these two were the best of friends; meanwhile, elderly William Frawley (J. K. Simmons) is shown to be irascible yet cogent and sharp in place of the heavy drinker Arnaz went out on a limb to have cast. I didn't care for the documentary-like framing device of the show's creators discussing the series in the present day (there's enough flashbacks and flash-forwards happening here); however, when writer-director Aaron Sorkin gets down to business, he delivers some terrifically tasty behind-the-scenes action. **1/2 from ****

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

Being the Ricardos

There is a good movie to be made about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the power couple of the early days of US television.

Being the Ricardos is not it. Writer and director Aaron Sorkin borrows from Warren Beatty's Reds. Older characters reflect on what happened some decades earlier.

The events concentrate at a time when Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) was going to be exposed as a communist during the McCarthy witch hunts. This could spell curtains for her hit television show I Love Lucy which attracted up to 60 million viewers.

Her husband Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) fled Cuba because the communists targeted his family. Desi though plans to protect Lucille by making out that her alliance with the reds was an error.

The film also deals with Lucille suspecting that her bandleader husband is having an affair. The pressures of making a hit television show and Lucille who is pregnant fighting the executives to incorporate her pregnancy within the show. There are even flashbacks to when Lucille and Desi courtship. A couple so busy they had to grab a few hours very early in the morning just to see each other.

Despite the multiple stories. I came away thinking that this was a weak script. Sorkin tackles the sexism of the television industry. The executives are shocked that the audience at home would think these married fictional characters are having sex. There is also racism towards the Cuban Arnaz. Lucille played hardball to get her husband a part on I Love Lucy.

I was bored by the McCarthyism story. It did not harm Lucille's career and I wanted to see more on the lasting legacy of Desilu productions. Shows that ranged from I Love Lucy to The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. The latter two still continue in some form even today.

Both Kidman and Arnaz give award worthy performances despite being actually too old for the roles they are playing.

Reviewed by blanche-2 6 / 10

totally inaccurate

Either I know more about Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo than their children do, or their children, being investors in this film, didn't care what Aaron Sorkin wrote.

Of course, there is such a thing as dramatic license - okay. However, this went above and beyond. I will cite a few things here, but by no means ALL:

Ricky and Lucy didn't meet the way as shown in the film. Lucille showed up at a rehearsal to say hello to the director of whatever movie Ricky was doing, and she was a mess from her previous film, all as shown. When she came back another time, Ricky didn't realize it was the same woman. When he did, he said, "That's a hunk of woman!"

Immediately before the filming of episode 68 ("The Girls Go Into Business") of I Love Lucy (which did not include fixing Fred up with a woman), Desi Arnaz, instead of his usual audience warm-up, told the audience about Lucille and her grandfather. Reusing the line he had first given to Hedda Hopper in an interview, he quipped:

"The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and even that is not legitimate."

Lucille Ball was 31 when she made the Big Street at RKO, not 39. RKO had suspended her when she refused to be billed fourth in a film. Her good reviews for The Big Street brought a better offer from MGM.

What was the deal with mentioning Judy Holliday? Holliday wasn't around, even on Broadway, until the mid-40s and didn't make a splash in film until circa 1949. She was no rival to Lucille Ball.

Jean Arthur and Barbara Stanwyck were sought for The Big Street; Runyon insisted on Ball.

Aaron Sorkin's script is a muddled mess, combining the Communist scare and little Ricky's birth, which happened in two different years. The result for me anyway is that they both got lost amid Lucy's staging of one scene in the show, which was episode 22, not 37.

Also, in real life, Lucille Ball was referred to as Lucille, not Lucy.

Regarding the performances, I thought Nicole Kidman had the voice and personality down flat. As far as her face being frozen, I'm not sure that much makeup was necessary. Bardem looks nothing like Arnaz, so why the pressure to have Kidman look exactly like Lucy? She had the hair, the eyes, the voice, the essence. A little less makeup would have been fine.

I know people say she was miscast because they wanted a lookalike. Debra Messing would have been fine for the "I Love Lucy" part but she is not the actress that Kidman is. Bardem was excellent. J. K. Simmons and Nina Arianda were fabulous as Fred and Ethel. Actually the whole cast was excellent and totally wasted.

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