Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, “Being The Ricardos” takes you behind the scenes of America’s most popular television series, “I Love Lucy”. In the skin of the one who was nicknamed “the queen of television”, Nicole Kidman amazes.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are threatened by shocking personal accusations, political defamation and cultural taboos in the film Being the Ricardos, from Oscar-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin. An immersion in the heart of the couple’s romantic and professional relationship. The film invites viewers into the authors’ room, on several film sets and behind the scenes of a week critical of the production of the sitcom ” I love lucy “.
Being the Ricardos, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.
WHO IS IT WITH?
In the role of Lucille Ball, undisputed icon of American television, Nicole Kidman appears once again transformed. She gives the answer, for the first time in her career, to Javier Bardem who lends his features to Desi Arnaz, partner of Lucille Ball on the screen as in life. Oscar winner JK Simmons for his terrifying role in Whiplash by Damien Chazelle, plays William Frawley, actor in I love lucy. Nina Arianda (Goliath), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Clark Gregg (Agents of SHIELD) and Jake Lacy (The White Lotus) complete the distribution.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
In France, it is a name that evokes little, but on the other side of the Atlantic, it is that of a legend. Lucille Ball is perhaps the greatest actress in American television. From 1951, she was the star of one of the first sitcoms, I love lucy. As a housewife who dreams of starting an artistic career, she is joined by her then-husband Desi Arnaz. They play the Ricardo, a couple who draw crowds to watch television sets.
This film, scripted and directed by Aaron Sorkin – King of Hollywood Writing – is a behind-the-scenes look at America’s best-known series. From the opening scene, a radio announces that Lucille Ball is a Communist sympathizer. A news that caused a real stir on the set – at the time, this rumor increased audiences for the program, attracting nearly 60 million viewers per week.
The rest of the story unfolds over a week while a succession of dramas shakes the flagship couple Ball-Arnaz. Formidably written, Being the Ricardos combines the scenes of dialogue and manages to captivate the viewer thanks to the obvious talent of Aaron Sorkin. The film is chatty, but rarely boring. Above all, it offers to Nicole kidman a new role that lives up to its reputation. The star’s face, transformed by prosthetics, identically recreates the comic expressions of the real Lucy.
On screen, each actor plays their character in two different ways: there’s the one behind the scenes and the one in the series, once the cameras roll. It is besides the play of all this casting which makes the great strength of the project. However, the target audience for the film is limited. Nicole Kidman worshipers will find something for them, but what about the others?
Being the Ricardos is not the hoped-for entry point to take an interest in Lucille Ball’s journey and the history of the sitcom. The biopic will speak much more to viewers already familiar with this universe. There is always the formidable Sorkin-Kidman collaboration to arouse curiosity.
Being the Ricardos is available on Amazon Prime Video.