A drama revolving around the production of I Love Lucy, perhaps the most classic sitcom ever produced, and the marriage between its two stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Aaron Sorkin imagines an intense week where Ball is ”outed” on the air by Walter Winchell as a communist, and peppers the story with flashbacks showing us how Ball and Arnaz met in the 1940s and how she found her voice and talent as one of the first stars of the new TV medium. Gorgeous to look at, with a strong cast… but a bit muddled and the charm of the show doesn’t come across.
2021-U.S. 131 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth. Cast: Nicole Kidman (Lucille Ball), Javier Bardem (Desi Arnaz), J.K. Simmons (William Frawley), Nina Arianda (Vivian Vance), Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat.
Trivia: Cate Blanchett was originally cast in the lead.
Golden Globe: Best Actress (Kidman).