Lucy and Desi Review: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Their Own Words

Having both Being the Ricardos and Lucy and Desi released within less than three months of each other presents a unique critical opportunity; watching the two movies together is almost a kind of intellectual or artistic exercise. The former is a big, 'based on a true story' Hollywood biopic, the kind of mildly fictionalized biographical drama that actors and awards usually flock to. It stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem (for better or worse) as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz during a tumultuous week in their lives, and is written and directed Aaron Sorkin, who is perhaps the king of speedy, hyper-verbal dramas.


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