Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Judy Review - 3 Stars
Renée Zellweger makes her bid for the Best Actress Oscar as Judy Garland, fighting to stay sober while performing at a London nightclub. Zellweger makes this familiar material electric. 3 stars, rated PG-13.
Movie fans know the sad story of Judy Garland's life. Stardom as a child brought psychological and addiction problems, followed by multiple unhappy marriages. "Judy" explores Garland's final year (1968.) Her booking in a London nightclub separates her from her young children, Joey and Lorna. Her ex-husband sues for custody. Judy can't sleep, and her public demands more. Zellweger catches the sound of a voice and talent past its prime. This could have turned into cliche filled soap opera of a messy life. Instead, it produces an award-worthy experience.