Judy (directed by Rupert Goold, 2019)
"You won't forget me, will you? Promise you won't."
The subject of this film surely needs not any introduction. The little girl from the Midwest who finds herself in a fantastic colourful land of dreams. No, it's not Dorothy, it's Judy Garland - actress, singer, entertainer, queer icon. However this land of dreams where she finds herself in isn't a pleasant place. The happiness of the girl smiling a big smile on the silver screen isn't her reality. Exploited, depressed, alcoholic, suicidal - that is her reality. We enter the world of an iconic Hollywood star to find a world of frustration and abuse - the world of showbiz, a leeching machine that sucks the life out of those who live in it. Judy is the story of an entertainer trying to fight her inner demons implanted by an abusive system while struggling to stand on her two feet and give her children a good life. Beautifully shot with colours popping out of the screen like candy, Rupert Goold captures the heart and soul of one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century with magnificence, analysing the face behind the smiling singing entertainer, all while Renée Zellweger disappears behind this great icon and brings her back to life for two emotion-filled hours. It's true that this film is sugar-coated and clichéd, but it manages to capture the life of this great entertainer in a beautiful and touching way, bringing up in us the most deep emotions with elegance. Renée Zellweger absolutely shines on the screen, showing a deep understanding of Judy Garland and, that way, making us understand her. She is truly what makes the film and it's an emotional experience to witness Garland come back to life through Zellweger's absolutely outstanding performance. A scene that I would like to talk about that personally touched me was when she spends a night with a gay couple who are her fans. In this beautiful scene the film captures Judy's significance to the queer community in such a graceful and moving way, showing a modern view of her icon. (Continues in comments)