Biography Drama

At the End of the Rainbow: A TIFF Review of ‘Judy’

September 8, 2019Britany Murphy

Many of us know of Judy Garland. The legendary entertainer shot to superstardom after she portrayed Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, but it was not all rainbows for Garland during her time at MGM and the subsequent years following.

Judy follows Garland (Renée Zellweger) through her final months, after she took up a sold-out, five-week residency at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London, England. The film gives audiences a look into the entertainer's life, including her fight for custody of her children, her marriage to fifth husband Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her eating disorder, and her use of prescription drugs. And thanks to an Oscar-worthy performance from Zellweger, who truly shines as Garland, viewers will find it impossible to look away from the screen.

Directed by Rupert Goold and based on the Tony-nominated Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter, Judy is a deeply intimate look into the life of an icon — as well as the ups and downs of fame.

Judy makes its Canadian premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 58 min.

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