For those who haven’t read it, this week’s Tuesday Review was Judy. A film that mixes Renée Zellweger with Judy Garland and puts her in the 1960s. Which makes Down With Love the perfect film for today’s Throwback Thursday. Well, it is a film that mixes Renée Zellweger with Judy Garland and puts her in the 1960s. Plus, this one has Ewan McGregor’s face in it. And, as we all know, that can make anything better. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t completely hate the Star Wars prequels. Although, it was never enough to make me want to watch this film the first time around. 15-year-old me wasn’t a fan of romantic comedies. Not that 31-year-old me is but I am less of a twat about it. A friend of mine really liked it and told me it wasn’t bad. I couldn’t see it. But, after a long Monday at work, the draw of McGregor’s face and the promise of an easy watch finally got me to say yes. So, would it be worth the wait?
Hollywood is full of stories of childhood stars going off the rails thanks to the early starts to their careers. The pressure of work and being forced to grow up in the spotlight have caused so many young performers turning to addictive substances to get through their days. These days, it’s the kind of thing that sells awful gossip mags, celeb blogs, and gives everyone a good laugh on social media. Back in the day, young performers were encouraged by film studios to do what they needed to make it. Which is how we get to the story of Judy Garland. According to Garland, she was constantly fed amphetamines so she was able to keep up with the hectic filming schedule. She was also advised to diet constantly and act a certain way. These things, she believed, caused to her lifelong struggle with drugs, alcohol, and dieting. Things that all contributed to her death at the age of 47. It was a premature and tragic end to a wonderful talent. And has been a dream of a role for Renée Zellweger. I still can’t separate Zellweger from her Bridget Jones days, so I wasn’t convinced by all of these people talking about how outstanding she was. I guess I had to check it out.