Interest in Judy Garland has seemingly grown over the last decade, as per my opinion backed up by nothing, although ever since she became a star in “Wizard of Oz”, she’s always been a sensation with every generation.
“Judy” chronicles her decline, although she seems to have been in decline most of her life, at least since the mid-1940s when all the drugs started catching up with her. It wasn’t her fault, of course, as she was a child star given uppers and downers to control her energy level so the studio could exploit her monumental talents to the max. What never wavered was her talent.
The film is based on the play “End of the Rainbow” by Peter Quilter, which from reports was a much more brutal portrayal of Judy than presented in this film.
And of course, there’s Renée Zellweger, whose talents have not been fully tapped since “Chicago” showed us what a monster talent she is, as well. As successful as she was, she’s been saying in interviews that she got off the fame treadmill for her own sanity, which explains her rare appearances over the past decade, something we wish Judy had done in her own life.
The film looks like nothing has been spared in recreating Judy’s life and the era where the film is set. I will be seeing this soon.