Star is reborn
BIOPICS are a tricky beast; the complexity of real life can never be neatly packaged into a film-length narrative, yet changing facts and smoothing things over can lead to something that feels less than authentic.
What a biopic can accomplish is to delve behind the celebrity status to explore the essence of the person and that is exactly what Renee Zellweger does in Judy.
In 1969 Judy Garland (Zellweger) is struggling to make ends meet, unable to book gigs due to her Judy. FEATURE FLICK unreliable reputation and turned away from her hotel suite for a missed payment.
She is told that in London she still has fans and so is forced to leave her children with ex-husband Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell) and fly to England to perform nightly shows to make enough money to gain full custody again.
Although she has people lining up to see her, Garland’s severe stage fright and addiction to prescription medication makes her late to her own show and leads to inebriated behaviour on stage.
The film around her is standard biopic fare, though Garland’s friendship with her London assistant (Jessie Buckley) and pianist (Royce Pierreson) is particularly sweet, but with this part Zellweger is a star reborn.
Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in