Review: Thirty years after starring in “The Wizard of Oz” the actress and singer Judy Garland arrives in London in 1968 to perform a series of sold-out shows.
Director: Rupert Goold
Actors: Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Richard Cordery, Royce Pierreson, Darci Shaw, Andy Nyman, Bella Ramsey, Lewin Lloyd, Tom Durant Pritchard, John Dagleish and Adrian Lukis
Genre: Biography, Drama, History and Romance
The one criticism that I have is that I couldn’t keep feeling and helping that I was just watching Renee Zellweger do a performance. It is nothing to do with her but just the whole direction of her and also of the film. It wasn’t like the film Ray (2004) or Walk the Line (2005) with Joaquin Phoenix where I believed in the characters and thought they were real. One thing I was impressed with was that she actually does all of her own singing. Renee Zellweger spent a year training with a vocal coach before shooting began. She then rehearsed with a musical director for four months to master her vocals. I never really felt that it was all taking place in the year 1968. To me the year was never really stated or not made properly clear. It did remind me for various reasons of Stan and Ollie, 2018 how these celebrities have had their fame and time has moved on and the public now want to see new artists arriving. Great cast list including Jessie Buckley and Rufus Sewell who always give good performances. As mentioned on IMDb “Prior to this movie’s release, Liza Minnelli stated through her Facebook account that she had “never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger” and made it clear that she personally didn’t approve of the project, nor sanction it “in any way”. At the Academy Awards in 2020 this won one Oscar Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Renee Zellweger). At the Golden Globe Awards in 2020 this won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Renee Zellweger). At the Bafta Awards in 2020 this won for Best Leading Actress (Renee Zellweger).