Judy

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Led by a deeply committed performance from Renée Zellweger, Judy captures the waning days of a beloved performer with clear-eyed compassion.

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Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer."

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  • May 05, 2020
    Renée Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in the rather formulaic biopic Judy. Based on a stage play, the story follow actress and singer Judy Garland in the winter of 1968 when she went to London to perform in a series of sold-out concerts. Zellweger gives a strong performance (both acting and singing), but the script is pretty weak; never really explained how she became a washed up star or her depression and addiction issues. And there are also a couple of time jumps to further confuse things. Still, Garland's struggle does show through, as does her unique soul, and talent. Judy has some problems translating from stage to screen, but it still manages to be a fairly compelling character drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2020
    I don't want to dismiss the hard work that Zellwegger put into playing a version of Judy Garland, but I do want to dismiss the script entirely. Judy takes the most boring, trite and overused direction that it possibly can at every single opportunity.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2020
    In my opinion, Zellweger's performance is the most overrated this year. The film is fair at best. The movie dragged too much to culminate in a beautiful performance during the last scene, but it wouldn't be enough to save this slow biopic.
    Raja N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2019
    The real reason to watch Judy is the triumphant, blazing return of Renee Zellweger as the talent we've known her to be as an actress. She's faded from the spotlight over the last decade, gotten a controversial face lift, and spent over a year prepping to play the role of the legendary Judy Garland during a 1969 British tour, what would prove to be the last months of her life. Zellweger disappears into the character, astonishingly recreating the mannerisms, posture, and vocal cadences of the famous Old Hollywood Wizard of Oz star. She's tremendous and the while clearly troubled and weathered, the film takes a remarkably sympathetic approach to its subject. Garland's present-day alcoholism, pill popping, and narcissism can trace their roots to her young days as a teenage studio star where the powers that be, namely studio honcho Louis B. Mayer, would bully her, harass her, and molest her. The exploitation mechanisms of Old Hollywood made me wish that Judy was a more unconventional movie, blending the past and present into a daring, metaphorical journey over the rainbow of a woman in the spotlight her entire life. Instead, we're watching Garland stumble onto the stage, struggle to sleep and perform, and live a sad existence where she can be reminded, just every so often, the impact she can have, like a sweet impromptu home visit with a gay couple that is a miracle of tiny kindnesses. There's not much plot here as the film, too, stumbles and shambles to its finale, with very little attention given to the supporting characters. Her whirlwind romance with a younger man (Finn Wittrock) fails to ignite much insight, and he's named Mickey, so I was confusing him as an adult Mickey Rooney, who appears onscreen in flashbacks and was Judy's first love (she asked if they were dating and Rooney said he would have to check with Mayer — every woman's dream). Watching he movie made me feel like there was a stronger version of this story begging to be told. Regardless, Judy is a well made if conventional biopic with a real razzle-dazzle performance from Zelwegger, who stunned me with her final singing number and the emotions she was able to dredge. Judy will be best remembered for her alone and that's perfectly right. Nate's Grade: B
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