Film Review – Judy

American actress, singer and dancer Judy Garland is considered by the American Film Institute as the eighth best actress in film legend. World-famous for her role as the young orphan, Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz (1939), she is back to our screens this year in a biographical motion picture played by the beautiful actress Renée Zellweger.

The film Judy, produced by David Livingstone, depicts Judy Garland’s terrible childhood that makes her a woman who was addicted to alcohol and drugs in spite of herself. Here, the scenario is exactly the same as in the movie “La vie en rose”. In the same way that Marion Cotillard’s incarnation of Edith Piaf was the major asset of Olivier Dahan’s film, in this feature film Renée Zellweger graciously pays tribute to Judy in a breathtaking acting experience.

With a sprinkling of flashbacks to the time when she was a star child under the influence of the MGM studio, this biopic focuses mainly on the last two years of Judy Garland’s life. Indeed, in attempt to restart her career, and regain custody of her children, the 47-year-old singer undertook a series of concerts in London lost between her loneliness, her independence on medication, and her difficult childhood. While it has been 30 years since she became an international star and even if her voice is no longer what it used to be, she hasn’t lost any of her dramatic intensity.

David Livingstone was particularly successful in transcribing the power and emotions contained in the songs of the artist who died of an accidental overdose. Moreover, the best scenes in this film are precisely those where Judy Garland is on stage.

However, even if the choice of actors and the direction are irreproachable, the shape of this biopic is very classic and without surprises.

Written by Carol’Ann Houdart

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