A STAR IS BORN Review

A STAR IS BORN

By Mary Cox

R-rated

A new movie star is born in “A Star is Born” and that is Academy Award Winner Lady Gaga. I think that was the point although she has won Academy Awards for music, performed on television and created a ton of video shorts, this is her first full length film. And, she is quite good, but the movie belongs to Academy Award winner Bradley Cooper in this fourth iteration of “A Star is Born.”

“A Star is Born” is about a pop star, (Bradley Cooper), whose career is waning. One night he stumbles into a bar and discovers a new talent, Ally,(Lady Gaga). He mentors her and falls in love with her. Her career soars whiles his plummets.

Lady Gaga’s hair is a natural brown and she wears very little make-up and looks so much better than she does as a fake blonde in a raw meat outfit. I hope she will don the natural look in the future she doesn’t need a gimmick anymore. She is too talented.

The music in “A Star is Born” is phenomenal. Audiences will be surprised that Bradley Cooper can hold his own singing. That is a side of Cooper we’ve never seen before.

Cooper is also the director of the film and in this he fails. He leaves in several scenes that should have been left on the cutting room floor. The scenes with Ally’s father and his friends add nothing to the film. The one scene with Dave Chappelle makes no sense either. It should have been cut. At 2 hours and 15 minutes, the film is too long.

“A Star is Born” earns its R rating with lots of f-bombs which I have said many times is an excuse for bad writing. If they took out all the f-bombs they could have shaved off at least 15 minutes and they should have done so.

Sam Elliot stars as Cooper’s brother. I’ve always thought Elliott is the sexiest man alive. Unfortunately, he is getting a little long in the tooth but older baby boomers will still find him attractive.

There is buzz in Hollywood that Cooper will be nominated again for an Academy Award. As I compared him to others that played that role, blank blank and blank. I don’t think his performance compares.

If you are looking for a good time, do NOT go to this film, it is a depressing story. I am not sure why Academy Award Winner Eric Roth and Cooper would pull this story by William Wellman and Robert Carson off the shelf. It should have stayed there.

I recommend that you buy the sound track and forget the movie.

I give it 3 stars for the fabulous music.

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