Rock musician Jackson Maine lives half his life on tour and the other half at the bottom of a bottle. The pressures of fame have isolated him, but a chance encounter with Ally and her amazing singing voice changes all that. However, as her career takes off, his internal demons begin to resurface…
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After three previous versions of A Star Is Born, this one is a hall of mirrors set at a flattering angle toward contemporary media, which is itself a circle of mirrors. Stating that this is “far from the shallow” does not make it true.
Yes, A Star is Born may not offer many twists and turns to a story that’s largely stayed intact since the 1930s, but it remains a heartfelt, assured rendition, with an eponymous star who never ceases to amaze.
It’s an excruciating and humorous look at the world of teenagers now, “performing” their perfect selves on Instagram, but it’s also timeless. Middle school is middle school, no matter the generation; it’s the worst stage and it lasts forever.
I was interested for a simple reason: it seemed like a deeply uncool thing to do—a real you'll-laugh-you'll-cry movie, an old-fashioned "weepie" (and even that term feels out of place today). I have more use for LG's transformation into an actress than BC's into a singer, but as a director he nails chemistry. I'm still not sure this story means anything, but if the only way to prove its point is to hook you, it does.
['Here She Comes' by Slowdive] "fucking guys!"/'os gajos são fodidos' A packed theatre. Hordes of teens ("says here it was made in 1938, how's that possible?"). Heckling. Public crying. Popcorn spills. 'Knight of Cups' to knight of Wands. Song to song, minus the 2. Eddie Vedder redux. Bradley Cooper outsingin' Stefani Germanotta. Stefani Germanotta outactin' Bradley Cooper. As with 'Heat' even the supporting cast is▽
Obviously this is a film that managed to connect with many (millions?) of people, but I never felt drawn in by this iteration of the story, which resembles a vanity project for Bradley Cooper as a leathery rock martyr doing a Jeff Bridges impression. All the same, Aronofsky's usual DP Matthew Libatique is doing some terrific work here, and I'm not even a fan of Gaga and I can recognize her performance is sublime.
Why does this has so much success ? The critical acclaim is unreal ! Everything in the filmmaking and the storytelling is so conventional. I saw some kind of film grammar in the first half hour but it was a sweet illusion. Cooper is mostly interested in performance but he does not know how to stage it so you have, songs after songs, almost exactly the same approach and camera angles. I guess it could have been worse.
An enjoyable and satisfying directing debut from Bradley Cooper who also happens to give his best acting effort yet. Gaga and Elliott also delivers decent scenes that could also have gotten further. The greatest achievement is the cinematography and art direction which are gorgeously well shot but my main issue with the film is that the story pushes its notes way too high (pun intended) but its a good film overall.
Brad takes takes it all : touching & moving actor, wise producer, talented director. GAGA is humble, passionate, in love, swinging, fractured, overwhelming. An actress is born.
Brad rafle la mise : acteur craquant & touchant, producteur avisé, réalisateur de talent. GAGA se révèle humble, passionnée, amoureuse, battante, fracturée, bouleversante. Une actrice est née.
2.5 Ultra-orthodox, ultra-innocuous, ultra-syrupy, "A Star is Born" gives you an ephemeral pleasure which evaporates from your brain like sweats on Bradley Cooper's forehead. Direction style is so average that it lacks some impact like epical peepee on Grammy, which makes audiences gasp at stupendously deep level. He has weakness to be unable to cut runtime, so if he can cut his own movie brutally, it may be better.
The storyline is all over the place, not enough space for the audience to absorb and feel the emotion. One time they meet each other, the next is Bradley Cooper is having an existential crisis, the next thing people died. Too fast, not touching at all. Other than the final song, the rest of the film is just a moment for you to reflect on your decision to spend 10 euros for this film.