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Cinema: Judy

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Judy is the story of legendary film actress and singer, Judy Garland. The movie is set when Judy (Renee Zellweger) arrives in London to perform shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. This is 1969, thirty years after she came to fame with her starring role in The Wizard of Oz. While still famous and adored by her fans, her career is on the slide since her time at MGM studios, and the gig in London is an opportunity for her to reclaim her name and earn some much-needed money, as she is battling addictions.

Zellweger’s performance is captivating, and many pundits have said there is no doubt she will receive an Oscar nomination for the portrayal.  ‘Zellweger gives an incredible, heart wrenching performance’ (Plugged In’)…Zellweger’s Judy can feel like a butterfly we’re waiting to get pinned for display while it’s still alive and wriggling.’ (Vulture)

The supporting cast equip themselves well; Judy’s soon-to-be next husband, Micky Deans is played by Finn Wittrock, and her long suffering assistant Rosalyn is played by Jessie Buckley.

This biopic tells the story of a tragic life – therefore it comes as no surprise that, unlike the films Garland starred in across her career, there is no ‘and they all lived happily-ever-after’ here.

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