An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.
The film is a loose adaptation of the Olivier-nominated play 'End of the Rainbow.' Peter Quilter, the playwright behind "End of the Rainbow," said that he believed screenwriter Tom Edge "wanted the story to be much more true and precise," with less "elements of fantasy" than the play. See more »
By the time the movie is set both Lorna and Joey Luft were living with their father. Because of Judy's pill use they both decided to move in with their father. See more »
Oh dear, there's no scene with Judy chasing poor Joey down the hall with a knife; no scene where she lies on the floor in her own regurgitation spewing nonsense (well... almost); no sordid tales of Garland's sex life... And that's fine. I'm no Garland apologist. The woman was not entirely a showbiz martyr, but she was a one of a kind talent, devoted to those who loved her, friend, family and fan alike-- at least as devoted as she could be, and not deserving of mud-throwing anymore. It's been fifty years since she died for heaven's sake.
So, no: there is nothing new or revelatory to learn about Garland in this film, which is fine. What else to we need to know? It's a competently written, gorgeously produced film. As for Zellweger, she's actually even more impressive than I thought she'd be. And no, the singing isn't Judy, but she does a more than credible job with it, and sounds leagues better than she did in CHICAGO. Her commitment is incredible, and her performance is beautiful.
It's a fair look at what are indeed sad last months of a troubled lady, but handled with respect and affection. And that's fine by me.
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