I’m a sucker for films that are set in the Hollywood golden age. I’m also a die-hard fan of the works of Director Aaron Sorkin. In Being the Ricardos, Sorkin directs a film with interesting chemistry between its characters, but the film’s pacing is off, it is sometimes out of focus, and it just really seems to miss the mark.
Being the Ricardos is about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and their ambitious careers. Lucille is played by Nicole Kidman and Desi is played by Javier Bardem. The film centers on their fame and tension in the production of the hit TV series I Love Lucy. The other main characters are William Frawley, played by J.K. Simmons, and Vivian Vance, played by Nina Arianda. The big focus, though, is the tension between Lucille and Desi. Their personalities clash, secrets are hidden, and the tension between them is evident throughout the film.
The performances of Kidman and Bardem is where Being the Ricardos shines. They do fit the roles of Luci and Desi well. But the film is hit or miss otherwise, it just seems off track much of the time, and it can be hard to follow.
Trying to remain positive here, but it is not coming easy. In my view Being the Ricardos is just fine to experience on Amazon Prime, if people choose to see it. I’m sure many will watch it simply because of Kidman and Bardem, or if they are fans of Director Aaron Sorkin. But I found the film to be just average, and it was probably a one-time watch for me. Just two stars for Being the Ricardos.