A Star is Born

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Before I begin, there is no question Bradley Cooper is the real deal.  Not only does he write the screenplay, direct, sing and act but he also wrote some of the songs, not to mention is sexy as heck.  He masters a subtle accent and finds a deep voice.  You believe he’s a rock star but, you don’t see his arc nor really see/ understand his fall from stardom.  Lady Gaga does Madana one better in that she can sing and is a decent but not complete actress.  She has chops and at times shows potential, a step above a scene study class.   Their chemistry is in and out.  Stylistically it’s somewhat interesting as there are a lot of tight shots at an attempt to feel personal and a switch from profile/hiding shots in the beginning to full face shots by the end, as though you have been let into the world.  Overall it feels jumpy, lacks consistency and enough depth to get your really vested in the characters.  In that sense, you can tell it’s an actor driven piece as it needs some guidance in sewing it together.  Sam Rockwell reminds us he’s got talent and the music is of course great.  It’s more of a chick flick than date night worthy but, he’ll probably come along knowing you’ll enjoy it and well…need I say more?!

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