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On the other side of the rainbow

Judy (2019)
Judy
biographical, drama, historical, melodrama
Director: Rupert Gould
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Jesse Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon
Premiere: October 17, 2019
In 1938, Judy Garland got a role in her main film – The Wizard of Oz. From this begins the story of the great actress and singer, told in the biopic of Rupert Gould. The filming is about to begin, and the head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer, tells 16-year-old Judy that she is not much different from hundreds of other girls with big dreams and ambitions. However, thanks to her unique voice, she is capable of great achievements – all you have to do is work 18 hours a day, refrain from eating and take amphetamines with barbiturates in order to fight sleep, and then insomnia.

Judy Garland and Renee Zellweger
Thirty years later, all old habits remained with her (except perhaps a constant glass in her hand), only now Garland, which has received international recognition, is no longer striving for fame and success. Behind her, she has four failed marriages, and in front of her looms the threat of losing custody of her beloved children. Christmas Eve is approaching, and an aging star receives engagement for performances in London. In this way, she hopes to put life in order, but the capital of Great Britain does not at all look like the treasured Emerald City, where you can meet a wizard who is ready to fulfill any desire.

Shot from the movie “Judy”
Unlike another musical biopic of this year – “Rocketman” about the formation of Elton John – “Judy” strives too hard to get into all the notes of the classical genre scheme and thereby deprives himself of expression and sensual performance. No one doubts that Garland herself really sang with her heart, which, touching the center of her chest, reminds Louis B. Meyer of the young actress not in the most comfortable scene, but the film itself only reproduces a set of sounds familiar to everyone, devoid of originality.

Shot from the movie “Judy”
Of course, all this does not apply to the phenomenal game of Renee Zellweger, who, after a long lull, seems ready to re-enter the struggle for the main world film awards. External resemblance, which can not be achieved either with the help of makeup, or thanks to dark contact lenses, does not play a special role here. Much more important, as naturally the star of the Diary of Bridget Jones turns out to convey the facial expressions, gestures and habits of her heroine. A hunched back, a mannered gait, a little frightening grimaces – you have never seen such a Zellweger anywhere else. And even more so they did not hear. The actress was preparing for the role for a long time and was engaged in vocals, and in her performance the main hits of Garland sounded in a special manner – not so powerful, but anguished enough to feel the approaching death of a fading star. Without a nomination for an Oscar, it definitely will not do.

Shot from the movie “Judy”
The main emotion that the creators of Judy play is pity. We see how insensitive uncles from the entertainment industry break a very fragile girl who seems to be able to protest, but her attempts are limited only to biting a burger in front of the photographers and jumping into a fake pool during the celebration of its 16th birthday (which started a make-believe). The sacrifice that Garland brought to the Hollywood god of success, as we see later, was too great. The promising yellow brick road turned into a pit filled with cobblestones, from which, for all its strengths, the actress was unable to get out. And the audience, although it continues to applaud, but it manages to drown out the voices in her head only for a moment.

Immediately relevant for our time, the subtext is read, because Judy Garland sings in this film through the lips of all women who had to face injustice. It’s not just that they show us how absolutely everything allows her on-screen partner Mickey Rooney, while Judy has to starve herself and sit on tablets. But, despite the history saturated with hopelessness and not dodging cliches, the outcome of which is already known to everyone, the picture still carries faith in the future. After all, while the music is playing, hope will be alive – on this promising note, the story of a Minnesota girl ends with the familiar Over all Rainbow. Well, the show, as we know, will continue anyway.

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