We went to see Judy last weekend. I can certainly see why Liza Minnelli disavowed it. It’s sympathetic to the causes of Judy Garland’s addiction but pretty harsh about the results.
Of course, I had to come back home and research the accuracy, and it turns out everything is dead-on except for the heartwarming parts. None of the heartwarming parts happened.
I didn’t feel as swept-up in the movie as I usually do. I don’t know if that was the script or because I kept being distracted by the police walkie-talkies outside the door. We chose to see Judy on the same weekend that the Joker movie opened, and the sheriff and two police officers were keeping the lid on any terrorist attacks.
If you’ve seen even just the trailer you know the acting in Judy is remarkable. I kept thinking that Renee Zellweger’s singing was fake, because it was so good. It seemed as if she was lip-syncing to her own voice, but evidently she did sing live in rehearsal. I suppose my brain just refused to believe it.
So, glad I saw it. Would I see it again? Sure. When it comes up on HBO I’ll fast forward through everything but the singing.