Lucy and Desi review – fixing what Being the Ricardos got wrong

By Ricky Valero
Published: March 3, 2022 (Last updated: January 16, 2023)
Amazon Original Documentary Lucy and Desi


Lucy and Desi is a story of the love, triumph, and creativity of two of the most brilliant minds in comedy.

Amazon Original Documentary film Lucy and Desi will be released on the streaming service on March 4, 2022.

After watching Being the Ricardos and being highly disappointed in what Aaron Sorkin did on so many levels, I was so happy to explore what director Amy Poehler would bring to the table with Lucy and Desi.

How often do you watch a documentary and see a director shift the focus from the main story and make it about the people talking about the story or themselves? I can’t stand when directors take these liberties on legends of yesterday, nor do I love when the people talking try to make it about them either. However, this was one of the first things that Poehler got right. She let Lucy and Desi be the stars and tell most of the story in their words.

You see, when we worked, we were happy. – Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were two people way before their time. We learned from the beginning that I Love Lucy was never going to be Lucy and Desi because studios wanted a modern American family. So when they faced obstacles placed in front of them, they got creative. So instead of giving in to the studios, they created Desilu Productions, which created shows like I Love Lucy, The Untouchable, and Star Trek.

Like anything in the world of Hollywood, success came with a price. The two poured their hearts and souls into everything they did to the point it consumed them, their relationship, and everything around them. Lucy and Desi loved each other and you hear it over and over again throughout this film, but sometimes love isn’t enough.

I am not sure there is a better person to tell this story than Amy Poehler. She understood what she had and I can’t thank her enough for giving this story to us the way she did. How she used these tapes to bring both of these incredibly talented individuals back to life in a way that felt so personal was beautiful. We could’ve heard from so many people, but we heard it from them instead.

I Love Lucy was an essential part of my childhood. So to relive these fantastic memories of these two important people and hear stories of their struggles and what they overcame to make this story brought tears to my eyes. I loved Lucy and Desi and after watching this documentary, I love them even more.

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