Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga superb in 'A Star is Born' | Kudos AZ

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The success of telling a story like "A Star is Born" depends on having lead actors who are able to form a genuine connection with each other, and Cooper and Gaga certainly deliver.

It's not a music movie until a sweaty singer washes down a handful of pills with gulps of grain alcohol, and A Star Is Born is a music movie from the first gin-splashed scene. Lady Gaga, legend that she is, would never be caught dead looking so tepid.

Lady Gaga has claimed there is "a price to stardom" and admitted "it tests families" and "your dynamic with your friends".

Cooper cast his actual, real-life canine companion, Charlie, to play the part of the dog shared by Cooper's character Jack and his onscreen love, Ally (Lady Gaga) in his directorial debut, "A Star is Born". Cooper is one of the few capital-M Movie Stars we have left here in the ruins of the 21st century, and Gaga's secret weapon is the decade she spent in acting classes at the Lee Strasberg institute. But as Ally's spotlight widens, his own slowly diminishes and the all-American rockstar falls from grace and the grasp of his onscreen partner.

As the movie and soundtrack progress, we see Gaga's Ally becoming the central focus.

Three remakes in, it's a wonder someone was willing to take another chance on A Star is Born.

But Jackson isn't ready to let it go, and he sends his driver to whisk her away from the restaurant floor and onto the stage at his next concert, where they sing their first duet. The trailers I overanalyzed beforehand hinted that Gaga would be the main star, and her name was always listed before Bradley Cooper's.

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Along with Cooper, Eric Roth and Will Fetters wrote a story that highlights the hard relationship of two people coming from different worlds. The film is set to expand nationwide in the next two weeks.

Other players are good in supporting roles, notably Sam Elliot as Jack's older brother and Andrew Dice Clay as Ally's father. For Lady Gaga, it's Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Red Rocks. For me, Cooper also deserves a nod both for his performance and direction.

Ally is performing for a crowd of people and at brief moments it flashes back to intimates moment between Ally and Jackson. Insisting on buying her a drink they spend the night together, talking about life, music, and songwriting.

About a month ago, the film was also shown at the Toronto Film Festival; there, it received even more praise than it did in Venice. His performance does not require prosthetics or an accent to depart from his pretty boy, rom-com days.

Bradley Cooper seems to be on the right path as a director. Alas, Jackson Maine remains relevant throughout. Unlike Gaga, Cooper isn't tapping into any past experience but rather giving a master class in disappearing into a character. The first two were highly acclaimed dramas and Cooper's version can proudly match their quality. But Cooper has a technical vision for the film that conceals such issues. The 1976 Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson version is widely acknowledged as a cheese fest. He collaborates with cinematographer Matthew Libatique to create a whimsical southwestern landscape rich in deep red and blue hues that scream Americana. However, Berman disagrees. "Gaga has a massive fan base, but this movie is such a great piece of art that we feel it's going to touch so many different audiences, and we want to be prepared to serve all of those audiences with the way that they consume music", he commented. A lot has changed since 2013, but her talent has remained.

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