Thirty years after rising to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows, Garland battles with management, reminisces with friends and adoring fans, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans — all while bravely struggling to overcome intensifying anxiety and physical decline. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the unyielding spirit and matchless talent of “the world’s greatest entertainer.”

Studio: LionsGate
Year: 2020
Release Date: December 24, 2019
Run time: 118 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: A

Comes to our screens the biopic directed by Rupert Goold (A Real Story), which portrays the late years of the now decadent star, focusing on the irregular concerts he did at the London Palladium, in front of a divided audience, because of the eccentricities of the exdiva. Renée Zellweger is back in front of the cameras, playing a role that seems to be waiting for her, as there is an unmistakable mimicry with her alter ego.

What was funny Bridget Jones now faces a diametrically opposite role that we were accustomed to, full of endless nuances, that only an actress with her worth and solvency could successfully handle. A good example of the great work done is the recent Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress, which puts her in a very good position on the road to the Oscars.

However, Goold’s tape does not stand out for its cinematic or narrative virtues, and it automatically becomes part of the long list of seventh-art manual music biographies, thanks to the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman. o A Star is Born. Interestingly, this latest film, now starring Lady Gaga, was played by Judy Garland in 1954.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • From the Heart: The Making of Judy”
  • Judy Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Special Features: 4/10

Final Thoughts

It feels like there is still a lot left yet to explore cinematically in the life of Judy Garland but thanks to Zellweger’s incendiary lead turn, Judy is still an important piece of the overall puzzle.
Overall Rating: 8/10