A STAR IS BORN

Loudly human. Unabashedly honest. Oscar-nominated. Bradley Cooper pulls a Sean Penn and enters the film-makers-to-watch club with a directorial debut that hasn’t left either critics or movie-goers indifferent.

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Off the deep end, figuratively

Enough to sell the ticket, the also-screenwriter found his star out of, at least and as we are #blessed to now know, 100 people in the room: Lady Gaga. And aren’t we glad. The children of Italian immigrants create magic in this musical drama, the kind we keep rewatching Gladiator or Mamma Mia to relive. Although some would argue that the first half of the movie is its strongest, tension and relatability abound throughout.

The fourth remake of A Star Is Born (of the original 1937 film, after the 1954 musical, the 1976 rock musical and the 2013 Bollywood romance film) follows Ally and Jackson Maine’s romance, which whirlwinds its way into a garage (spoiler, kinda). She, an upright young woman fiercer than she feels. He, a burned out rockstar with more drinks around than he needs. After meeting at a fortunate drag-filled event, where she unknowingly delights him to his core, they fall for each other. The rest is history, but a tumultuous one.

The acting is magnificent. If anyone still needed proof of what a gigantic talent Gaga is, refer to this film. If you had seen her steal the show at the Oscars in 2015 and specially in 2016, you get it. Their performance of Shallow, in particular, gives you the kind of feeling you get when kissing someone or smashing your running record. It’s freedom, passion, feeling, triumph. Can’t wait to see them kill at the Oscars.

Likewise, the writing and directing is fluent and smart. Cooper has already earned the Director Award from the National Board of Review and although Cuarón is on track to take the gold, Bradley’s efforts will not be dismissed. Singing soulfully and with a story to tell, it’s safe to say he’s leaped his own versatile standards. Production, sound and costume design are all on point, and lengthy though the film is, at no point do you disconnect from the story, let alone get bored. The supporting cast — Oscar nominee Sam Elliott, SNL‘s adoptive son (no pun intended) Dave Chappelle and Blue Jasmine‘s Andrew Dice Clay generously accommodate in a vehicle steered by its two smashing leads, whose ping-ponging chemistry is at the peak of its powers.

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Watch as I dive in

In short, A Star Is Born has been the last slice of pizza of this crazy Oscars season and an enjoyable piece in the most rigorous sense of the word. Were the world a little more giving, they’d both walk away with statuettes, but congrats to Glenn and Rami.

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