Renee Zellweger’s performance as Judy Garland in the new movie Judy is certainly Oscar buzzworthy. She captures the look, the mannerisms and the total aura of Judy Garland in this new biopic.
I was hesitant about seeing the movie because I knew that it focused on the latter days of her life. She found herself basically broke and homeless. She was unable to provide shelter for her two younger children so she was forced to leave them with their father.
Most of this film takes place in London where she was doing a long-running show. It provided her with a place to live but it was a step down from what she had once been exposed to in earlier years. Some nights on the stage were successful and some were filled with her meltdowns and subsequent taunts from the audience.
Through flashbacks, we see some of the things that contributed to her downward spiral into the use of pills and alcohol. Her life as a child star started at the age of two and later, she was forced to take pills to control her weight. She was constantly reminded that she was not beautiful and there were also subtle suggestions that she was being abused by the powerful men who ran the entertainment business.
When the viewers meet her, she was simply tired of it all and our hearts cried out for her. Her bravery, her tenacity and her constant resilience sustained her to the end for she died at the tender age of 47. Yet, she left so much material as she reached legendary status from The Wizard of Oz to one of her signature songs, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
The last time I saw Renee Zellweger display this type of great artistry was in the movie Chicago as Roxie Hart. After spending years in her private cocoon, she has once again emerged and just like Tinkerbell she has rewritten the name Judy on the theatre marquee!
Lynn M. October 19, 2019