Excerpt: Like the misbegotten 1976 version with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, 2018’s A Star is Born moves the showbiz fable from movie studios to the music industry. But unlike that vanity project, Cooper uses American entertainment’s favorite creation myth to recreate how audiences will forever perceive him and Gaga.
Excerpt: Instantly sweeps us up in its passion, its electricity, its music, and characters to fall in love with. Lady Gaga is a revelation. It’s impossible to believe Bradley Cooper has never directed before. I adore this movie.
Excerpt: Cooper’s A Star Is Born is engaging, crafted with skill, and may even have you accuse someone of cutting onions in the theater. Jack and Ally are made for each other which is why the first half is one of the best film’s of the year. It’s the more melodramatic and plot-saturating second half which dims the magic of the first half’s glow.
Excerpt: The one thing that’s never diminished is their love. It shines through Cooper and Gaga’s performances and the music with relevant lyrics proving crucial to their characters’ mindsets and our emotional reaction to what occurs.
Excerpt: Songs emerge and what was cauterized by charged passion is now frozen in alluring amazement of the talent on display. With this fourth version of A Star is Born, you will find yourself captivated watching the expressive performances, both sung and unsung, no matter if it is for an audience of thousands or just merely one.
Excerpt: Bradley Cooper, the actor, is the best thing about ‘A Star is Born.’ Bradley Cooper, the director, though, struggles to bring life to the already problematic screenplay. And it’s way, way too long.