Festival Report by Janna MacDonald
Based on the play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter and the life of Judy Garland, the film takes us into the final months of the woman who once took her audience to the land of Oz. Renee Zellweger gives us one her best performances as Garland, giving a complex performance of a woman who had a beautiful voice and a tragic life. The film gives us the illusion of glamour that once surrounded the legendary singer, but in truth we are shown a woman who wanted to be loved for who she was, and not for what she could do. We see Garland not as someone who unhappy by her decline of fame; rather, she is unhappy for not having the love she craved since becoming Dorothy in The Wizard of OZ. In a way, this is a cautionary tale for many young talented people in the entertainment industry who struggle with mental health issues and drug addiction. Judy Garland is striking story of just how much negative impact the entertainment industry can have on a person’s life.
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