Movie Review: Being the Ricardo’s

Every time we see a new movie written by Aaron Sorkin we all know we will be hearing a great deal of rapid dialogue. Dialogue that is for the most part, unlike how most people talk. The good part of this rapid dialogue is that it will keep most people riveted to the movie, because it is so easy to miss something important that was said.

For a movie about the hugely popular 1950’s TV series “I Love Lucy” casting is everything. Ironically the title role of Lucy played by Nicole Kidman is the one area where the casting was somewhat off, because she did not look enough like Lucille Ball, where the other characters, especially J.K. Simmons as William Frawley are perfectly cast.

This story, typical of Sorkin, who also directed this movie, is told in an unusual way – starting with interviews with the late writers and producers of I Love Lucy, who narrated some of the stories and facts about what is arguably the most popular TV situation comedy of all time – with at its peak had 60 million viewers every Monday night. Sorkin concentrates on 3 main themes throughout this film. How the cast and crew created one episode of the I Love Series TV series, the fact that Desi Arnaz cheated many times on Lucille Ball, and the time when Lucy was accused of being a Communist. These 3 stories create an interesting and engaging two hours that in my opinion is worthy of higher numbers than the 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

I thought the acting was very good throughout this story and anyone has to admire any actor who can master the rapid-fire dialogue that Sorkin always writes. Overall I thought this story was well told and I do recommend “Being The Ricardo’s”.

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