A Star is Born

A Star is Born - The GBY

This is the third remake of the 1937 A Star is Born starring Frederick March and Janet Gaynor.  I also watched the 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  This most recent interpretation features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.  The plot has very few variations from the Kristofferson/Streisand.  I thought the chemistry between Ally (Gaga) and Jack (Cooper) was the best so far and the music was good.  In my opinion, Ally was more attractive before her “makeover”.  I have a problem with the idea that a seemingly confident yet struggling young woman would get involved with an absolute mess; a marginally charming addict has been.  I admit that Bradley Cooper does look really good, even with his beard and long hair.  I loved that Sam Elliott (The Hero) plays Jack’s brother, pretty sure they have the same voice.  Andrew Dice Clay is unrecognizable as Ally’s father, Lorenzo.  Dave Chappelle and Anthony Ramos (Monsters and Men) round out the cast. This ending is also the most drastic of the four films.  Overall, this is the best telling of this story so far and Bradley Cooper did a great job with his directorial debut.

Our Rating for A Star is Born

4 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for A Star is Born

Official Synopsis for A Star is Born

A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

A Star is Born Q & A TIFF 2018

Overview

Principle Cast Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Anthony Ramos
Director Bradley Cooper
Screenwriter Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, Will Fetters, originally based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique
Editor Jay Cassidy
 Production Companies Gerber Pictures, Warner Brother Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Live Nation Entertainment, Joint Ventures
Run Time 165 minutes
Genre Drama, Music, Romance
Premier 2018 Venice Film Festival

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