- By Michael Jacobo
- Photo Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
No doubt you’ve heard of Judy Garland; as a child you rooted for her as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Just from that little piece of nostalgia alone, we almost push aside the story that followed Garland’s role in that film, up until her death by drug overdose in 1969 at the age of 47. It’s a tough story, and not at all the happiest, which is probably why we tend to just revisit Garland’s early spectacles than focus on her later struggles.
However, coming face to face with that story can be beneficial. There has to be a silver lining because Judy, which follows Garland in her final days in London, is not at all the uplifting Hollywood biopic you expect it to be. Renée Zellweger makes a solid career comeback as the entertainer, who moves with her young children to London where she’s been scheduled to play a series of sold shows at the Talk of the Town. Her career is practically non existent at this stage, yet she strives to give it her all, while still struggling with her drug addiction and creating a stable life for her kids.
The screenplay, written by Tom Edge (The Crown) is an adaptation of Peter Quilter’s Tony nominated play The End of the Rainbow. Rupert Goold (True Story) directed the film.
“Judy” hits theaters Sept 27.