JUDY movie review

JUDY movie poster

Janet's TAKE: In #JudyTheFilm, Renée Zellweger gives a spot-on performance with outstanding vocal renditions of Judy Garland's more popular songs. Grade/B

The story leaves
much to be desired. Flashbacks to her early days are the most interesting, while Judy's drug use is glossed-over. This depiction is such a sad story of a famous Hollywood icon that ends before her eventual demise.

Directed by Rupert Goold

Starring Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon

Synopsis:
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.”  -Roadside Attractions

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking

Running Time: 118 minutes

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