“You’re saying I have to leave my children if I wanna make enough money to be with my children?”
Most mums say that, scanning the job ads, though this time it’s a broke and desperate Judy Garland, leaving her kids behind in the US and travelling to London to appear at Talk Of The Town.
Renée Zellweger is Judy, in a trailer that looks very by-numbers, but I’m still going to watch the movie when it comes out – even two minutes of Renée belting out the classics then quivering with sadness and addictions had me gripped. (Garland died a few months after the events depicted in the film so it’s going to be a movie drenched in poignancy.)
And Zellweger is captivating enough and talented enough to stop it looking too “Oscar bait-y”. I hope!
Here’s the synopsis:
“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.”
Judy also stars a very no-nonsense Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock and Rufus Sewell. The film is directed by Rupert Goold and is released in the US on 27 September and in the UK on 4 October. (If you missed the teaser trailer a few weeks ago you can watch it here.)