Judy Garland biopic with Renée Zellwegger
Dir. Rupert Goold | UK 2019 | 118 mins | 12A
Judy Garland became one of the undisputed icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Yet behind that success was a darker tale, one of innocence exploited. In Rupert Goold’s elegant and probing biopic, Renée Zellwegger delivers a career-defining performance.
Battered but not beaten, financial ruin forces Garland to return to the stage. Setting ‘60s London alight, she reconnects with her love of performance, but old demons resurface.
Zellwegger – singing some of Garland’s best loved tunes – brings real depth to her portrayal of a star struggling to connect the person the public know with her troubled inner life. While the film asks deeper questions of how we treat stars, it is also a powerful reminder of their mesmeric quality.