12A
1hr 58mins

Judy Garland became one of the undisputed icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Yet behind that success was a darker tale, one of innocence exploited. In Rupert Goold’s elegant and probing biopic, Renée Zellwegger delivers a career-defining performance.

Rupert Goold
12A

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-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 love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

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”. While the film asks deeper questions of how we treat stars, it is also a powerful reminder of their mesmeric quality.

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