*It’s a true story
Stars are the lifeblood of the film industry and have been for a long time. From Chaplin, to Fonda, to Newman and Redford, and on and on stars are what make movies and the conversation around them tick. One of the brightest stars of all time was Judy Garland the star of the iconic Wizard of Oz.
Judy started in Showbiz at an extremely young age and this movie depicts how that affected her throughout her life. Directed by Rupert Goold (True Story) Judy follows Judy (Renee Zellweger) late in her life as she slowly deteriorates due to pills and alcohol addictions. The story most follows her on a final tour in England as she deals with permanent situations for herself and her kids. Mostly though, this was a chance for Renee Zellweger to put in a bid for an Oscar.
There was not much substance to this movie other than your typical biopic beats that are always hit. Everything was very drawn out, slow, and quite frankly pretty boring. There were some musical numbers in this that did Judy justice, but other than that, there was not much in this story.
Stock Up – Renee Zellweger of course was incredible in this movie. There were times when I was looking at her and you could not tell at all she was playing Judy. She also did all of her own sing and sounded right on point throughout each number. She will definitely get an Oscar nomination for this role I just do not know if the movie is good enough to get her the win.
*A Couple other tidbits
- As you can see stocks this really was just a Zellweger movie and the surrounding characters really had nothing to do.
- I thought the final number was unbelievably cheesy and I honestly almost walked out.
This movie was a classic case of a great performance buried in a not great movie. Judy was a boring portrait of a super star, but I do feel like Zellweger will get her Oscar nomination for her work.
*All of my Movie Ratings can be found here.