Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A STAR IS BORN is a Bore but Bradley Cooper Can Sing, Lady Gaga Can Do Anything
The latest remake of "A Star is Born" is a sappy love story of couple coping with the rise in career of one & the demise of the other. New singer/songwriter Ally (Lady Gage) is discovered by country singing sensation Jackson (Bradley Cooper) while performing in a drag queen bar. The film fails to twinkle despite its mega star power. The incomparable Lady Gaga lights up the screen with her phenomenal voice and solid acting chops in a tour-de-force performance. Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper as country singing legend Jackson is not too shabby at holding a tune. His singing is surprisingly appealing & convincing as a country crooner. However, Cooper in his directorial debut may have taken on too many cowboy hats. The chemistry works between Gaga & Cooper but the movie doesn't flow. It has a very disjointed feeling that doesn't gel. The story is too washed down in Jackson as a sloppy, self-destructive drunk. Sam Elliott is type cast and phones in his role as Jackson's older brother & thankless caretaker. An interesting casting choice is Andrew Dice Clay as Ally's doting & self-promoting father. Nevertheless, for all its blazing star power, A STAR IS BORN fails to promote sparks. Like the punches thrown, the film never quite strikes its intended mark.