“Judy” is the biographical drama film about the legendary Judy Garland directed by Rupert Goold. Tom Edge wrote the screenplay which was adapted from a stage play entitled “End of the Rainbow” by Peter Quilter.
Renee Zellweger takes on the lead role with Rufus Sewell, Finn Wittrock, and Michael Gambon as part of the cast.
The focus is on Garland’s performances in London a few months before her death in 1969. There are flashbacks to her teen-age years with her younger self played by Darci Shaw. It depicts how her handlers pushed her into her drug addiction that bedeviled her for years and lead to her demise.
Zellweger does put in a very compelling performance. This is likely one of the better portrayals I have seen from her. She also seems to have done the singing herself, which does tend to lend more credibility to the action. The sets looked great. Zellweger looked appropriately and convincingly haggard at times.
My only real issue with the film is that there was no real explanation of the timeline for those of us who do not have Garland’s biographical imprinted in our memory banks. It was not clear as to how long Garland actually performed in London at “Talk of the Town” in the movie. I had to look it up to learn that it was a five week run.
Garland is probably the quintessential Hollywood tragic figure, and Zellweger was the right choice of portray the complications within that poor woman.
The movie was pretty well done for the most part, but it could have been a little more informative for those less familiar with Garland’s biographical details.