A Star Is Born (2018)
Critic Consensus: With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.
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as George "Noodles" Stone
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What really works about this version is the fact that Bradley Cooper co-wrote it, he produced it and stars in it, and put it together but he incorporates little elements of Lady Gaga's Story.
Somehow, though, the bloat is almost appropriate in a story about excesses, and the devastating pitfalls of fame. "A Star is Born" portrays both poignantly, movingly, well.
At its huge, pulsating heart this is a story about lovers desperately trying to save one another - from the loss of integrity in an industry that disdains it and from self-destructive impulses with roots too old and deep to be touched.
Co-written by Cooper, who also helped write some of the film's music, the script doesn't exactly bubble with wit but it doesn't have to. What matters is that it gives both leads the chance to charm one another - and us.
The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production.
Audience Reviews for A Star Is Born
Each A Star Is Born is a product of its time, and this one is no different: made in a digital era of viral videos and pop stars that can be born overnight, this is an infinitely more realistic and sincere version (both in plot and structure) compared to all others before.
This film aims to separate itself from other love stories using its music and the chemistry of its leads, both of which are good. Cooper shows off his acting chops and surprisingly decent singing voice, while Gaga shows off her singing voice and surprisingly decent acting chops. The story is poorly paced, and the jabs at pop music aren't so subtle, but overall it works pretty well. It's a good love story that also serves as a lesson on addiction, not only to drugs and alcohol but to the approval of others.
An inspired and touching revitalization of an American tragedy. Bradley Cooper fleshes out a troubled but sympathetic character in a downward spiral who meets an immensely talented but insecure lady gaga. Their chemistry is believable, as well as their musical chops, with some of the best songs written and performed for a contemporary film. Some minor pacing issues spoil an otherwise cohesive retelling that shines for the honesty of its performers.
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