Thursday Night at the Movies at the Cineplex. Presented by your Community Arts Council. Films are $10. JUDYFebruary 20th, 2020For many people, Judy Garland’s story is the story of Hollywood:
Thursday Night at the Movies at the Cineplex. Presented by your Community Arts Council. Films are $10.
February 20th, 2020
For many people, Judy Garland’s story is the story of Hollywood: a natural talent who grew up in front of the movie camera, the pressures of fame that consumed her and the tragedy she eventually met. She comes to mind anytime we lose a star too early, whenever we reference “The Wizard of Oz,” or when we hear her golden voice on the radio over the holidays. Naturally, she’s a figure whose story still has the power to fascinate many, and in Rupert Goold’s new biopic “Judy,” we revisit the last few months of her time on earth with us: the booing crowds, the empty bank accounts, and the custody battle to come. It’s less the portrait of the glamorous Judy Garland we’ve put on a pedestal, forever young and singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “The Trolley Song,” and more the wounded figure still unsure if she could perform again the next night.
The film does well at contextualizing Garland’s abusive childhood. The audience watches uncomfortably as young Judy (Darci Shaw) is forced on and off pills with enough regularity to warrant a call to child services. We also learn how she was shamed for wanting to eat burgers and play like other kids, and about the latent creepiness and control MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer held over her early years. It was enough unhappiness to last many lifetimes, but for Garland, it was enough to cut hers short.
(Thursday) 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Prince Rupert Cinemas
525 2 Ave W, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G9
Prince Rupert Community Arts Council