Pinkie
"A Star Is Born"--the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga version--lives up to all the raves; it's stunning in the performances and music, such wonderful songs! and really showcases Lady Gaga's singing and acting chops. I already suspected she could act by her winning a Golden Globe for "American Horror Show." I watched her and Cooper's "A Star is Born" twice in a row. Some reviews mentioned Bradley Cooper's star turn reminds them of Bridges in "Crazy Heart." It turns out  Cooper can sing and write songs and play guitar as well as act, and he looks sexy with his musician garb and hairstyles, a combination of Waylon Jennings and grunge rock. Gaga is tiny and very cute, with those big greenish expressive peepers--I like the old girl more, now, since this movie and ever since she trotted out a lovely soprano singing voice one year at the Oscars. {She has several different singing styles.)  An anti-drugs and excessive drinking sentiment is conveyed.  I loved the love story, the stirring romance, but the ending was always going to be depressing. One rather dreads knowing that's coming. (How it ends is still unexpected, in the manner it happens.) I admire the film's focus on showing the actual process of writing songs. Gaga's musical prowess is illuminated there, too, and on the piano. Jackson (Cooper)  encourages Ally (Gaga's character) to write sincere, meaningful lyrics.  Sam Elliott makes a huge impression as Jackson Maine's (Cooper's character) brother and Andrew Dice Clay is affecting as Ally's  Dad. The other supporting performances are all remarkable. Dave Chapelle, Anthony Ramos, et.al.  "Out West" is another star of the movie, its California and Arizona landscapes and city scenes. The music overwhelms all else. Lady Gaga and Cooper, too, had a strong hand in creating some terrific tunes. I crave this soundtrack!
It's kind of ironic they make a big thing out of Gaga's nose, made you harken back to Barb Striesand's "A Star Is Born." That kind of tickled me. Remarks about their big  Jewish and Italian noses. Although I don't recall if Striesand allowed hers to be noticed and talked about in her version.  Maybe she did. Cooper reassures Gaga's character that she's beautiful, though later on they have a tiff and he calls her "ugly" which was a bit jarring. He conveys sporadic undertones of jealousy  over her rapid ascent to stardom as his glory was going downhill in this classic show biz story. It's less campy and unbelievable as Striesand's "A Star is Born" in which Barbra tried to portray a "rock star," although hers was entertaining, and Kris Kristofferson such amazing eye candy though he can't act nearly as well as Cooper. Barb wore a short frizzy perm unbecoming on her.  The music is mostly superior in this new "A Star is Born" (I do like Striesand's hit "Evergreen," though) and the acting stands out more, from everyone. Judy Garland and James Mason's 1954 highly lauded version seems dated in some ways, but it is so well worth seeing as well. Jon Peters is a major player behind the scenes on this one, as he was on Barbra Streisand's take on the story, he's a producer. Bradley Cooper directed, also produced and co-wrote the screenplay and some of the excellent songs. His first time out as a director is very impressive. Oscar buzz ! Awards season glory !
"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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Nicky
Great review, Pinkie. I was wondering whether this was worth seeing - I'm happy to know it is!
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ali
Another Review that is very well done!
Thank you.
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Haggisbasher

Thanks for that.  I'm not a Gaga fan whatsoever but have heard excellent things about this.  Not a Streisand fan either but I did like her with KK so I might give this one a looksey.  I'm also wanting to see Bohemian Rhapsody as I love Freddie.  There could be a busy weekend coming up for me.
  
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Pinkie
I neglected to mention that Lucas Nelson wrote or co-wrote much of the music. He's Willie Nelson's son.
"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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michele
Thank you for this, Pinkie.

I have seen the Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand version of this, so I don't think I'll be seeing this one at the theatre (I really never go anyway) but when it comes on DVD I'll see it. 

I have heard great things about it, though. I actually think Gaga looks a lot better (from what I've seen of the film) without the platinum blonde hair and all the make-up.

One reason why I'm not busting to see it is it's just such a sad story. But after reading this, I will see it.

I know when Barbra Streisand was doing her first movie, Funny Girl, she thought about getting her nose done (so the legend goes) but was afraid it would change her voice. Good for her.
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Pinkie
Michele, ironically, Helen Haggis B. and hubby Mike saw this on the big screen and didn't like it at all ! (Gaga's version) She even wrote that some people walked out on the movie!  The New York Times and other big time critics have all loved the flick. This just goes to show how subjective art and art appreciation are.  Maybe some other boardies will see it and offer their takes on it. I'm curious !
"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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Pinkie
You can hear songs from this movie on YouTube !  Until you get the soundtrack (if you want it)
"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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Haggisbasher
Nope didn't like this at all. I thought Gaga was awful. She delivered her lines as if reading from the pages of her script and I saw no character at all. Yes people left during the second half of the film and Mike was fidgeting and asked me if I wanted to move on. I said no because, being very familiar with the story, wanted to see how it ended this time. That was very uneventful considering Kris and Babs final scenes in 1976 which always reduces me to tears. This had nothing and even the aftermath was nothing to stir my emotions. I was happy to see the end credits and make a speedy exit.

Bradley was very surprising and did a good job but not sure he's a natural at directing. He should have gotten gaga to do much more than just say the words. And if I hear her say 'it's ok' one more time I'm going to scream that it's most certainly not.

Just want to say that we wanted to see Jeff's latest but it was already off the lists! Why such a short run is beyond me so it's going to have to be a dvd download for that.
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Pinkie
It's interesting how opposite we were in reactions to the Cooper/Gaga version...I'm a sucker for it, the songs, the sensitivity, the look of the film, the emotions it evoked in me, etc. I won't mind at all if Cooper and Gaga are Oscar nominated for "the big one;" Variety, the show biz Bible, even said the film might get nominated across the board and win it all ! Can't wait to see what the awards season brings, for this ! I need to discover who and what are getting Oscar buzz besides this. I know Glenn Close is, for "The Wife." I usually don't like it when the same actors win all the prizes repeatedly, like Helen Mirren did for "The Queen," for example, that gets kind of boring. I'd rather see the prizes spread around. Part of me still desires the spectacle and glory of possible ubiquitous victories for this new A Star is Born remake. I enjoyed it a lot.
"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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