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Opinions about JUDY#26
Posted: 10/7/19 at 4:57pm
And it’s been noted that the negative statement Liza made regarding the film when it started filming has been deleted from Liza’s Facebook page. Nice to see Garland’s daughters are making their peace with the new film now that it’s been released and the positive response and outcome holds its own weight without them having to address anything. Liza has recently said she loves Zellweger and is happy the film was made with respect to her mother and didn’t go the obvious messy route in telling a moment in her later life.
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Opinions about JUDY#27
Posted: 10/7/19 at 5:38pm

I saw the film over the weekend and kept thinking that I needed to get home and listen to Carnegie Hall. It's one of the great recordings of all time.

The film disappointed me tremendously. The flashbacks were very poorly done and the inclusion of the gay couple in the London scenes did not work at all. The art direction and cinematography were first rate, and Zellweger was good.  I kept thinking what a wonderful film it would be with a good script.

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Opinions about JUDY#28
Posted: 10/7/19 at 6:51pm
I just saw the movie today and really liked it a lot. I thought the flashback scenes did a great job helping us to empathize with the adult Judy, who was clearly a mess. I thought Zellweger was magnificent...I was
Shocked to find some tears in the corners of my eyes, and felt that was totally due to her.

To me, she captured Judy without just doing an exact impersonation; but she did nail the ticks, the mannerisms, the vocal inflections; and while her voice was not Garland’s, I thought it did a great job of capturing the energy and emotion. I saw Judy twice at the Palace in 1968(?), and loved the show; however, there were a lot of missed notes among those great crescendos that were in many of of her renditions. So Renee’s good, but not legendary voice was appropriate for Judy so close to the end.

Since the movie does not look like it will be a big grosser, she may lose the Oscar to someone who is also excellent and in a bigger hit. That will be a shame if it happens.

Finally, I did see Judy Davis and thought she was also magnificent, IMO one of the great TV performances ever. IMO neither performance diminishes the other. Both are great.
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Opinions about JUDY#29
Posted: 10/7/19 at 7:27pm

TotallyEffed said: "Almira said: "Zellweiger gives s largely one-note performance, not much deepthor weight. What you see in the first 10 minutes is exactly the samething you see for the next 90 minutes...,and not being a force of nature herself, her singing is at moments embarrassing especially when everyone around her is describing it as this rare god-given gift to the world.

A slog of a film to endure.
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At last, a voice of reason. While not as offensively bad as I imagined it to be, it doesn’t amount to much. The flashback scenes were particularly laughable, with the sinister, menacing figureof LB hoveringover a young Judy in shadowy corners, delivering deliciously campy warnings before vaguely stroking her breast.This thin biopic will soon be forgotten, even if she undeservedly wins the Oscar. She is committed, but the writing and her barely adequate singing fail her.
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   ITA about the flashback scenes. L.B.s speeches were overwritten and just absurd to listen to. Even if they were intended to evoke a nightmarish past, they totally failed.

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Opinions about JUDY#30
Posted: 10/7/19 at 10:30pm
I actually think it would have been far more nightmarish to have the adults of her past actually having the best intentions for her, ignorantly feeding her pills and starving her with chicken soup and coffee. I do not think that LB was out to kill Judy Garland. I don’t think he was even out to hurt her. Did he see her as a product? Absolutely, and that is very sad and wrong. But I don’t think that he had a sinister plan to set her down a yellow brick road of addiction and mental illness. They simply didn’t know any better. Dramatic irony in the screenplay would have been much more effective, in my opinion.
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Opinions about JUDY#31
Posted: 10/7/19 at 11:39pm

Regarding flashbacks with LB I was spoiled by similar scenes in Barton Fink with a great Michael Lerner portraying the studio head. No comparison. I was also very disappointed in those flashbacks because at first it looked like they were going to show the sets for The Wizard Of Oz being constructed - with CGI you can do anything and it could have been magnificent. But the idea was not even partially exploited.

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Opinions about JUDY#32
Posted: 10/8/19 at 12:07am

Even the scenes in Mommie Dearest with Howard DaSilva as L.B. Mayer were superior to the Judy scenes. And yes, TE, a more three dimensional portrayal of Garland's handlers would have been more honest. By the way, one detail bothered me-when the unnamed songwriters(of course Arlen and Harburg) played Over The Rainbow for Garland,she hadn't even been cast yet. Didn't they write it with her in mind, AFTER she had gotten the part?

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Opinions about JUDY#33
Posted: 10/8/19 at 9:06am

Bettyboy72 said: "Overall, I like Renée but thought the screenplay was lackluster. There’s very little new ground to tread. It’s like beating a dead horse. I understand why Liza and Lorna distance themselves from it. The question I have was Judy really always such a mess? She’s portrayed as pathetic in so much. It’s really exhausting.

I did appreciate the handler character who communicated compassion and empathy rather than eye rolling or irritation. It seems people were drawn into her fragility to either care for her or exploit her.

SPOILER!!!!! Was the piece about the gay couple true? I found that bit incredibly pandering if it’s constructed. If it’s not true I find it incredibly manipulative and odd personally. Was it thrown in to pander to gay men? It seemed out of place. The fans she latched onto due to loneliness didn’t need to be two old queens.

I like Renée and was glad she didn’t try to mimic but I think her makeup and prosthetics did the heavy lifting. She doesn’t sound like Judy and at times she didn’t remind me of Judy. Actually some of her mannerisms and delivery reminded me more of Charles Busch.

However I did like the film and I think Renée deserves acclaim but I’m not as over the moon as others.
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I, too, was curious about the gay fans included in the script. Quite interesting if true.

However according to the Wrap, the story was a total creation of the writers.

www.thewrap.com/judy-fact-check-is-gay-couple-judy-garland-befriends-based-on-real-fans-lbgtq/

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Opinions about JUDY#34
Posted: 10/8/19 at 1:41pm

The film's release is being handled carefully. It only opened on 461 screens (that same weekend, ABOMINABLE opened on over 4,200 screens). It still managed to crack the top 10 that weekend...and also had one of the highest per-screen averages. Last weekend, the film was on just shy of 1,500 screens and still came in at #7 with a high per-screen average.

This is no threat to JOKER, etc...but it is definitely holding its own and performing beyond initial expectations.

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Opinions about JUDY#35
Posted: 10/9/19 at 11:15am
About the gay couple: I have no idea whether there was such a couple in Judy's life in London, but Gerald Clarke's biography of her makes clear that a gay couple in LA did take Judy in and try to moderate her excesses -- without success.
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Opinions about JUDY#36
Posted: 10/9/19 at 11:47am

I thought the gay couple being included was a flight of fantasy- but true to the identity of Judy's fanbase-  and the relationship she formed with gay male fans. Just like the audience singing to Judy at the end fo the film- another flight of fantasy- true to the character of Judy and her relationship with her audience- but not true to reality. I thought those creative flourishes added to my enjoyment of the picture- and showed the creative nature of the filmmaker.

 

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Opinions about JUDY#37
Posted: 10/9/19 at 12:06pm
First, I want to thank Renee for giving such an honest and heartfelt portrayal of Judy. However I found it sad and very depressing. Bring your tissues.
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Opinions about JUDY#38
Posted: 10/9/19 at 1:09pm

Well, let's face it- Judy did not die a happy, fulfilled, rich woman at the top of her game- but her story is fascinating and, though perhaps a cautionary tale- it does give a sense of her enormous talent, her humor and strength- and her victimization as a young performer. I loved it.

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Opinions about JUDY#39
Posted: 10/9/19 at 1:22pm

BWAY Baby2 said: "Well, let's face it- Judy did not die a happy, fulfilled, rich woman at the top of her game- but her story is fascinating and, though perhaps a cautionary tale- it does give a sense of her enormous talent, her humor and strength- and her victimization as a young performer. I loved it."

Well said.  I did not go into this movie expecting a factually accurate depiction — just as I did not from any other musical bio I have ever seen — but I expected it to capture a sense of her talent, her pain, her sense of humor, the contrast between her fame and her loneliness, etc c., and I thought it did a very good job of that.  I was not a great movie, but it was a god movie and Zellweger was great. 

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Opinions about JUDY#40
Posted: 10/9/19 at 3:48pm

I thought this was interesting...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_oo6zFdPLc

 


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