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'Judy' review: Renee Zellweger portrays singer-actress Garland with realism

The Judy Garland biopic gives an insight into the last few months of the legendary actress and singer's life.

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Last Updated: Jan 27, 2020, 09.54 AM IST
Renee Zellweger has managed to ​recreat the mannerisms, expressions and vocal power of Judy Garland.​
Renee Zellweger has managed to recreat the mannerisms, expressions and vocal power of Judy Garland.
Film: Judy
Genre: Drama,Romance
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: Renee Zellweger,Finn Wittrock,Jessie Buckley,Rufus Sewell,Michael Gambon,Darci Shaw,Royce Pierreson,Andy Nyman,Daniel Cerqueira,Richard Cordery
Director Rupert Goold’s 'Judy', a biopic of Judy Garland, gives us an insight into the last few months of the legendary singer and actress’s life.

Despite being a star in her heyday, Garland ends up broke and practically homeless towards the last years of her life. In 1968, Garland travelled to London for a series of sold-out stage performances, where she is shown to be in a financial mess and addicted to drugs and alcohol. It is her financial desperation that leads her to accept an offer for a series of concerts in London.

In real life, the engagement was a disaster, in the movie less so.

The film zips through the singer’s past, giving a glimpse into her years as a child star. It often flashbacks to one of her biggest triumphs, 'The Wizard Of Oz', only to demonstrate the beginning of her troubles. Her alcoholism, drug problem and relationship issues can trace their roots to her childhood. Finally, the years of intimidation and manipulation by studio honchos take a toll on her physical and mental health.

While Shaw plays the younger Judy, Zellweger plays the older one. But it’s Zellweger’s movie, of course. She portrays Garland with realism, recreating the mannerisms, expressions and vocal power of the legend.

Sewell and Wittrock have some moments respectively as Judy’s last two husbands. However, it is Buckley as Garland’s London assistant and Nyman as a gay fan who make real impressions.

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