Judy ended and I couldn’t move for a solid minute. It was captivating.
Judy tells the multi-layered story of Judy Garland from the perspective of her last set of shows in London before her death in 1969. Renée Zellweger plays the Hollywood legend and takes you on a journey that shows Judy’s family life, drug addiction, and time in the spotlight. She kills it. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Zellweger in a major role, so, I’m glad she came out for this one.
What I loved most about this film was the way it humanized Garland. They were able to translate feelings of loss, regret, fortitude, and the desire to be loved in a way that made sense in the scope of the life she lived and the people that surrounded her from the time she was a child star to her final years before she died at the, too young, age of 47.
There have been several biographical movies about singers that have come out in recent history. They’ve been solid movies, don’t get me wrong, but there was just something about this one that had me on another level. Maybe it’s because I have seen The Wizard of Oz more times than I can count or maybe because I grew up in drama singing all of her songs. Either way, Judy is a winner in my book.
It’s worth checking out.
Judy opens in theaters nationwide September 27, 2019.
Edited by: Morgan Stradling