Nicole Kidman is typically a terrific actress even if the script is bonkers, which was shown in this years Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu. Here she is gifted with the chance of working with Aaron Sorkin, unfortunately for both Sorkin and Kidman this is Sorkin’s weakest material to date.
Being The Ricardo’s tries too hard to capture the documentary style of camera interviews with the real people from the time still alive and willing to talk about what happened, making this seem like a PBS special. One of the things that gave me a red flag in this production is when Tony Hale was outshining Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, not to knock Tony Hale, I love him as an actor but that should never happen in a movie.
Aaron Sorkin eventually misused his talents here as a director and writer, the only film I loved of his he also directed was Mollys Game, Being The Ricardo’s felt like it was melded with by the studio to make it more like other dramatizations like I, Tonya, however, it’s nowhere near as great as I, Tonya was.
It’s a good thing Being The Ricardo’s is also streaming on Amazon Prime Video because it’s meant for the older crowd who grew up with I Love Lucy, I think it would have worked more without the interviews between takes.
Overall grade: 2/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar