Over the Rainbow
- Judy review by JD
Was captivated by this very well produced movie.
Judy Garland was never my favourite diva, but Renee Zellweger is excellent with her portrait of the fading star.
Certainly deserved her recent Oscar.
Supporting cast are also very good, with the lovely Jessie Buckley a stand out.
1960’s London and the Talk of the Town feature as interesting locations and the music ( and Renee’s singing ) are excellent.
Well worth a look.
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A Join-the-Dots Predictable Biopic - very gay too - with a cringe-worthy final act
- Judy review by PV
This follows the usual biopic template: start in the messed up resent, then flash back to the past and childhood to explain the present mess as it gets worse with flash forwards to the present. Baddies needed, whether or not the real life facts support that - cf Rocket Man.
That is not to say this pattern is bad, necessarily. But what is bad in this movie is the unbelievably cringe-worthy and crass ending (no spoilers). Really, it was like nails being drawn down a blackboard.
I have no idea whether the gay comedy duo of fans existed in real life, or maybe they were invented for the stage play on which this is based? Did this all really happen? One is never sure with biopics and the answer is usually 'NO!'. But if the invention works, fine, Here it does not - in the third act.
For fans of Judy, especially amongst her gay following, this film is probably 5 stars. I'd give it 3 stars - as a movie it is distinctly average, though the best actress Oscar was well-deserved. There are some great set pieces earlier on, which will please the am dram musical theatre fans.
I couldn't help thinking of Shirley Bassey and the way she performs when watching this - maybe one copied the other, or maybe this was how mid-20th singers did it.
It is QUITE APPALLLING that bandleader Burt Rhodes is portrayed as being black/mixed race though. He was not black - but a pure white proud Yorkshireman. DREADFUL dishonest diversity casting. Just awful. I mean, would you like to be portrayed as a different race or gender if you appeared in a movie one day? Just wrong. Ethnoshambles madness!
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