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Movie Review – Being the Ricardos (2021)

By Mollie Davis / Published on Monday, 23 May 2022 04:21 AM / 15 Comments / 13 views

Aaron Sorkin’s new biopic, “Being the Ricardos” delivers a stunning and somewhat surprising depiction of Lucille Ball’s relationship with one of the primary members of the cast from her classic TV show “I Love Lucy”. Who am I talking about? Watch this video to find out more!
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15 thoughts on “Movie Review – Being the Ricardos (2021)”

  1. Great review, Dave! My wife and I are both Aaron Sorkin fans, so we might have to check this movie a watch.

  2. This film is horribly lit.
    This film is terribly written and massively historically inaccurate.
    Of course, Lucy Arnaz approved of it. She and Desi Arnaz, Jr. are the Executive Producers.
    JK Simmons is woefully miscast as Willam Frawley despite his great performance.
    But one of the worst things is the tragic historical inaccuracies and the defaming of a great director.
    Early in the film, it is implied that the show "I Love Lucy" had a system of rotating directors and Donald Glass was the director that week.
    No such person ever existed. The director of the first 38 episodes of "I Love Lucy" was Marc Daniels who was a great director.
    Lucile Ball thought so too, or he wouldn't have director the first 38 episodes of the series.
    He also directed 14 original Star Trek episodes; all the ones you like. The Menagerie (both parts), Court Martial, The Doomsday Machine, and many more.
    Star Trek was a Desilu production, so Lucile Ball had no problem with his abilities.
    The screenplay jumps around in flashback mode for most of the story. Terrible writing.
    But the worst thing about the writing is that it comes off as an episode of "The West Wing."
    Except, this movie isn't "The West Wing." it's "Being the Ricardos."
    And the way the film ends is TOTALLY unnecessary.
    Lucy had five series: "I Love Lucy," "The Lucy-Desi comedy hour," "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy," and "Life with Lucy."
    Vivian Vance was on both "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy" in addition to "I Love Lucy."

  3. I saw the movie. I found it disjointed and somewhat hard to follow. I would give it 2 stars. JMO

  4. Kidman, Bardem , Simmons and Arianda were all fantastic in this film! Bravo!!! 4 out of 5 STARS would be my take away from this viewing!

  5. Come on folks! This is a biopic. There were a lot of things in this movie that never happened. So there are many "I never knews…" that never happened. Much of the truth parts have been old news. No where has it ever been said that she and Bill Frawley were close. But it made for good moviedom.

  6. Have to admit I've been a bit nervous checking this one out since I keep hearing a lot of negative stuff about it as well as no disrespect to Ms. Kidman whose a good dramatic actress but I'm not a fan of her casting. I would've gone another way casting the most iconic female comic legend of all time. But this review makes me feel better about giving the movie a shot so thanks, Dave 🙂

  7. It wasnt a "bad" movie, but I kind of wish the leads were recast. Nicole Kidman was…distracting and Javier Bardem didnt channel Desi at all in my opinion.

  8. I’ll have to watch it. The Communist story surfaced at least once and probably more times. I remember a Q&A on subject in Sunday Paper “Parade” insert about 1965. Desi Jr. displayed really good talent in a TV movie “Mr and Mrs Bo Jo Jones” (rarely seen).

  9. I would have commented on this a few days ago when you posted it, but i held off because i wanted to see the movie first. So i watched it last night and i was not really impressed. I like Javier Bardem as an actor, but i thought he was a terrible Desi because his voice was too low. Desi had a higher pitched voice, and he spoke faster so it took me right out of the story. One thing i don't like about Amazon Studios movies, is that there is never any cohesive timelines, and the story jumps all over the place. ['The Aviators' being a 'Prime' example] To me, this is bad editing and whoever their editor is needs to be fired. I don't see why they simply can't start at the beginning and tell the story. Choppy, all over the place flashback editing is one of my pet peeves about film. The actor who really made this movie for me was J.K. Simons-other than that, i was thrown out of the story early on, and never managed to jump back in. Also an actor's job is to fool you and make you believe they are the character they are playing, and i thought Nicole Kidman failed at that. The recreated black and white scenes where Nicole is trying to be funny-she isn't. Would have preferred seeing Cate Blanchett.

  10. I just subscribed to your channel. Why? Because of what you said about the language in the film, and that you don't talk like that. Thank you! I look forward to more of your posts.

  11. I couldn't agree more. Loved this film. Like you, I loved the scenes with Lucy and William Frawly. Kidman is awesome in this part.

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