Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
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as Judy Garland
as Young Judy
as Vincente Minnelli
as Sid Luft
as Young Lorna Luft
as Louis B. Mayer
as Ethel Gumm
as Roger Edens
as Mickey Rooney
as Artie Shaw
Critic Reviews for Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows
Audience Reviews for Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows
Though it won critical accolades and multiple television awards, this film is truly awful. Most notably, the story doesn't have a discernible structure; Garland's life starts low, then goes up, then down, then up, then I don't even know. It's a roller coaster ride that loops every fifteen minutes, and the film needs a guiding hand to help us understand the significance of what we're watching. Indeed, though the film presents these characters honestly, I don't understand what the filmmakers are saying about these people. Why is their story significant? What can we learn from them? How can these particulars become universal? There is shallow attempt at such a theme in the film's last line, but this comes off as abstract moralizing and is too late to give the film any skeleton. Judy Davis does what contemporary Judy Davis does best: scream and carry on. She doesn't sing, allowing lip synching and some guy backstage with a boombox to do all the work. Overall, this film ends up being moralistic bullshit, and we have to navigate mountains of pointlessness to get there.
I liked it, but I like anything with and/or about Judy Garland.
Wonderful performances from Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard as older and young Judy make this compelling if sad viewing.
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