James Wilford’s review published on Letterboxd:
🌈"Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true"
A few years ago, someone asked me that classic bar hypothetical question of 'if you couldn't only listen to one piece of music ever again, what would it be?'
The answer, of course, is the 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' recording by 16-year-old Garland. As cliché as that may seem, it remains to this day, the most honest and heartbreaking recording that I have yet to experience.
🌟 My point being, is that I strongly believe the story of Judy Garland to be one of the most tragic and torturous stories of human suffering, so infamously celebrated generations and countries over, that it still genuinely tears me up a little. So in summary, for such a legend, this film (even with Renee Zellweger, who I thought did a reasonably good job), was the film that Judy Garland didn't deserve.
Film #72 for 2019 releases