Aaron Sorkin’s behind the scenes drama Being the Ricardos is set over the course of a week in 1953. Following the life of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and her husband Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) the turbulent week sees Ball fighting to rescue her marriage and her career after she is labelled as a registered member of the communist party by tabloid reporter Walter Winchell whilst at the same time finding out that her husband is having an affair with another woman and if the week wasn’t eventful enough, B++-all has just found out that she is pregnant with her second child.

Being The Ricardos is an engrossing look into the life of one of America’s most successful female entertainers. Kidman, her face hidden under a prosthetic mask, is wonderful as Lucille Ball. Whilst Being The Ricardos is an enjoyable and interesting film it’s hard to see where a cinema audience, one that’s more likely to turn out for a superhero film than a biopic of a 50s TV star, is going to come from. Which is a shame as it deserves an audience. I would imagine that Being The Ricardos will find a more appreciative audience when it’s released on Amazon Prime Video on the 21 st December.


Being The Ricardos

2h 05m

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem

UK Release: Cinemas 10th December, Amazon Prime Video 21st December 2021