- Nicole Kidman is splendid, if everything except entertaining, in Aaron Sorkin’s writerly, in the background take on I Love Lucy, with Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz.
“I’m Lucille Ball – when I’m being amusing, you’ll know it,” says Nicole Kidman, who plays the comic entertainer without even a wink. With her pencil-slender eyebrows, wine tool twists and flexible mouth, Ball was known and adored for her featuring job during the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy. Kidman and author chief Aaron Sorkin are less keen on reproducing her present for actual satire than they are on figuring out her genuine side. Kidman has been amusing previously (she’s a hoot into Die For and The Paperboy). Not here. “I care regarding what works. I care regarding what’s interesting,” she says, brow wrinkling. All things considered, it’s a splendid execution; clever, furious and specialized.
Occurring throughout a solitary scene of the show, from Monday’s table read to Friday’s live crowd taping, the film generally works out on soundstages and Hollywood backlots. We likewise get a background look into the disintegrating connection between Ball and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), her better half both on and off the screen. Both are carefully upgraded in flashback scenes, a procedure that is immediately diverting and dreadful.
The film is fixated on deconstructing great screenwriting, how a line lands and guaranteeing clear person inspiration. Fanatics of Sorkin’s own thick, cadenced screwball exchange will appreciate watching Alia Shawkat and Jake Lacy exchange humdingers in the authors’ room.