Lucy and Desi

A few months ago, Being the Ricardos came out on Amazon Prime, which seems to be the home of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as a new documentary debuted on the streaming service. Lucy and Desi, directed by comedic actor Amy Poehler, tells the story of the iconic couple from I Love Lucy, many times through their own words on taped interviews.

The documentary goes into more specifics into the story, unlike the Being the Ricardos, which focused more on the Communist accusation. It was touched on during the doc, but it was not the main section. It included more, the ultimate downfall of the couple, the divorce, the Desilu Studios, right up to the death of Lucy in 1989.

Not only did we hear from Lucy and Desi, we heard from Carol Burnett, Bette Midler, Charo, Norman Lear, as well as Lucy Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.

This doc was more about the power couple, the rise and the fall of Lucy and Desi. They were not together for a long time, but the world saw them as inseparable. The doc gives an amazing line about how both Desi and Lucy remarried and were with their new spouses for years more than they were married. However, there was always a connection between Lucy and Desi and that connection comes through in the documentary loud and clear.

I would go as far as to say the final ten minutes of the doc was extremely emotional and might bring some to tears.

They may not have gone into a great deal of specifics about the pair of them, highlighting most of the strength, but there was enough of the struggles to show how much of a bright flame they were together, that was destined to go out.

4 stars

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