great acting could be construed in an easier way would of preffered more backstory
5 of 5 stars
Renee Zellweger’s acting was incredible. My mom and I hope she gets the best actress award for this.
4 of 5 stars
slow could've done better highlighting her life instead of the tragedies she faced but overall a good film that possibly could produce best actress which Renee did a fantastic job portray her.
3.5 of 5 stars
Ok story. got pretty emotional at the end
4 of 5 stars
The performances were spot on and captured the time period well. Renee Zellweger deserves all the awards she getting for this performance. It really felt like you were watching the real July Garland throughout the film. Renee Zellweger managed to capture not only the mannerisms but also the essence. It was truly sad to see what Hollywood did to Judy Garland throughout her life.
2 of 5 stars
The image of a young, lonely girl standing in the middle of a dull, lacking in color Kansas singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" while lamenting the fact that she cannot reach a place where other bright, colorful people will accept her is indelible in the mind of cineastes. The actress that makes this scene so special is the revered Judy Garland who is a gay icon and a symbol of hope as she came back from troubles in her personal life to deliver some of her best singing performances ever. The television film My Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) boasts an incredible performance from Judy Davis but this film features Renee Zellweger who is simply not good enough to step into any role inhabited by Davis.
Actress and singer Judy Garland, Renee Zellweger, is facing financial problems in 1968 as she struggles to support two young children and deals with an addiction to various prescription drugs. She takes the opportunity to perform several shows in London due to the high amount of money she would be paid but frets over leaving her children for such a long period of time. While in England she meets New York based barman Mickey Deans, Finn Wittrock, who charms her despite being significantly younger than her. Meanwhile she flourishes on the stage as her faithful audience enjoy seeing her perform again and her triumph against adversity inspires them to tackle problems in their own lives. Her assistant Rosalyn Wilder, Jessie Buckley, is loyal to her and helps her to stay afloat amidst her stresses about growing older and trauma caused by her difficult childhood under the control of Louis B. Mayer, Richard Cordery. Garland is successful at the close of her run of concert performances and happy in her blossoming relationship with Deans.
There is so much to cover when it comes to Garland's messy personal life and beyond that the impact she had as a cultural figure that I did not expect the film to touch on everything in it's relatively brief 118 minute running time. Unfortunately the film does to try to hit every point as there is a forced encounter with two homosexual fans, flashbacks to Garland's childhood that feature laughable acting and even a scene in which she meets up with a young and trendy Liza Minnelli. I would have preferred it if the film were to take on just one of these issues and explore it fully as a whole film could be devoted to the strange connection between the tortured but optimistic Garland and the gay community. The film sacrifices that sort of deep exploration to gloss over each of the attributes that made Garland such an icon and so we are left with an unfinished portrait of a complicated woman.
This is not to say that there are not moments in the film that do work as when Garland is forced to interact with her ex-husband for a few brief moments we get a good sense of the jaded, self aware woman she has become. There is an obvious connection be made between her relationship with Mayer who forced her to perform for his approval and the various men she was married to. From director Vincente Minnelli to the young Deans who would appear to see her more as a cash cow than a genuine romantic partner she looks for love in all the wrong places. There is also the fact that everybody she knows seems to want something from her and so we begin to understand why she can be so difficult and why she wants to retreat to dark rooms so often. Yet there is a tension between her desire to be alone and away from those who are willing use her to get what they want and her need to perform and put her talents to good use. This is all good material but the film fumbles it as it either draws these connections too obviously or skirts around what could have been a newer interpretation of Garland.
The adult sections of the film feel like something out of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and are tacky but they are nothing compared to the flashback scenes. I feel cruel criticizing the performance of a child actress but here it is an unavoidable truth as Darci Shaw squeaks her way through lines that are essentially lazy exposition. There is a good film to be made about the difficulties of being a child actor but this film was not it.
5 of 5 stars
Awesome performance from Renee! A must see if your a fan of Judy garland
4.5 of 5 stars
A brilliant, heartbreaking performance by Zellweger that virtually "channels" Judy Garland and is sure to win her the Oscar. The script was much better than I anticipated, and the ending is incredibly powerful. I couldn't have been more surprised at how good this film is.
3.5 of 5 stars
Beautifully shot. Renee does a tremendous job as Judy. I enjoyed how they shared so much about Judy that you understood here but with minimal back and forth cuts. You simply knew her by watching the last months of her life. Great story.
4 of 5 stars
The sad story of a great talent. Rene pulls it off fabulously.