Watch or Not: The Review of JUDY
- Written and Review by Trevor Jones
If there’s anything that can be said about the movie Judy, it would be that Judy Garland’s story is a sad one.
While most know her for The Wizard Of Oz and the song Somewhere Over The Rainbow, not many know the harsh reality of Judy’s life. Judy, follows the last portion of her life, trying to provide for her youngest children, struggling in her last career push in Europe, battling depression and even long term emotional trauma from when she was a child.
Played by Renee Zellweger in the film, I had always been a huge fan of Judy Garland. I knew her more for her Jazz vocals than any movie or TV show she had done. She was the original singer to the beautiful song that is, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” In fact, that song pretty much sums up Judy Garland’s life in the movie. The last part of Judy’s life was very hard for her, which ultimately lead to her untimely death at the young age of 47 due to drug overdose.
This movie does a good job at getting the point across that Judy Garland’s life was a hard one. While this movie is mostly dreary and dark, melancholic and seemingly depressing, there are moments that outshine all the dark ones, albeit not many. If you could imagine, this movie wouldn’t be for someone who never had a heart for Judy Garland. I, being a fan, found myself holding back tears as the end credits began to roll. This is definitely a tear-jerker, thanks to the many pulled-heart-strings you’ll feel by the movie's last act.
I did mention this movie is dark, depressing, and dreary. If I had to spell it out for the parents, I’d say leave the kids at home for this one. Although the rating is PG-13, this is no Marvel movie. It’s a true story-drama about the decline of someone’s life. There are definitely some harsh elements to this movie, as Judy is constantly drinking alcohol and swallowing pills to try and cope with her emotions and sleepless nights. That being said, I don’t know if anyone younger than maybe mid-teens would find this movie appealing.
In the end, I felt like this movie was almost like a piece of art. They hit all the right notes with Judy Garland, (no pun intended). I actually believed I was watching her life, and they really did justice to Judy’s voice and musical performances, and even her charm. If anything, Judy gave me a higher appreciation for her as a person, an actress, and a vocalist.
If you’re a fan of Judy Garland, I would recommend you see the movie. Even though I know how hard each part is going to hit, even though we all know what happens because it’s based on a true story, Judy Garland is worth it. My heart has still not fully recovered from the movie, but I also mean that in the best of ways. I’ll never think of Judy Garland the same, but only because I appreciate her even more.
It goes all the way back to a quote from The Wizard Of Oz:
“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”