Rent Judy (2019)

3.4 of 5 from 557 ratings
1h 57min
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Synopsis:
Winter 1968, and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy (Renée Zellweger) is fragile.
After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted: haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood, and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of "the world's greatest entertainer".
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Livingstone
Writers:
Tom Edge, Peter Quilter
Others:
Jeremy Woodhead, Jany Temime
Studio:
Pathe
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Music & Musicals, Romance
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2020 BAFTA Best Actress

2020 Oscar Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
03/02/2020
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Transformation: Becoming Judy Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/02/2020
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Transformation: Becoming Judy Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

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Reviews (13) of Judy

Over the Rainbow - Judy review by JD

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13/02/2020

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. 

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Fine acting but poor film - Judy review by WP

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18/02/2020

Worth watching for Rene Z, but not the film for me.... worrying to see how Judy was treated as a child

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Good movie - Judy review by DH

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02/03/2020

Really gets to the heart of why Judy was such a mess. This is a really good movie and Rene deserves her recent Oscar for this role. Loved revisiting the Talk of the Town as I remembered my visit their in years past! Well worth a watch.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

A Join-the-Dots Predictable Biopic - very gay too - with a cringe-worthy final act - Judy review by PV

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24/06/2020

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!

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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