Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An aging Judy Garland tries to get her life and career back on track by doing a set of shows in England in 1968.
My Take on it – This is a film that has gotten much hype over the past few months due to the performance of Renee Zellweger in the title role as Judy Garland.
Unfortunately this is a biopic that just doesn’t work as well as one might hope.
Zellweger indeed does a superb job imitating Garland and is quite deserving of all of her nominations (and projected wins)
Unfortunately tho, the film itself lacks an engaging or interesting story which ends up hurting things too much.
The plot and story line moves along much too slowly for its own good and that doesn’t help make this any more enjoying for the viewer to take it all in.
The film gets its musical score right and the added bonus of Zellweger churning out Garland’s most famous song “Over the Rainbow” is definitely emotional to watch.
Unfortunately tho, it isn’t enough to help make this movie feel more powerful and instead it comes across as feeling quite lackluster in all that it does.
Bottom Line – Drawn out biopic that just doesn’t work very well. Zellweger does a superb job creating the persona of Garland, but the film’s lack of an engaging or interesting story hurts things too much. The story drags along the entire time and its slow pace is no help when trying to keep the story more intriguing for the viewer. The music is done well and when Zellweger sings the famous Garland song “Over the Rainbow” it’s touching yet it doesn’t help make this film any more powerful and it remains pretty lackluster throughout.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie addresses the harsh treatment Judy Garland received at MGM in the 1930s and 1940s. They put her on a strict diet and gave her prescription medication to control her weight and to help her sleep or stay awake, medication to which she eventually became addicted. She probably also received unwanted sexual advances by senior staff during those years, much like her younger “rival” Shirley Temple was forced to endure at Twentieth Century Fox during the same period. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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