Judy. 2019. USA. Directed by Rupert Goold. With Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock. 118 min.
What becomes a legend most? In this case, a soaring homage by a brilliant actor delivering her best performance in years. Renee Zellweger never mimics Judy Garland in this adaptation of the stage play End of the Rainbow. Rather, she channels the collected rage and passion of a child prodigy whose life had always been shaped by the men around her, but whose talent was hers alone. At turns heartbreaking and exuberant, Judy is at its most powerful with Zellweger on stage, spot-lit and singing her heart out for all the love and loves lost in the too-short life of Ms. Judy Garland. Courtesy Roadside Attractions.