Star power

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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga head­line the fourth film ver­sion of A Star is Born.

THE fourth film ver­sion of

A Star is Born retells the story of an al­co­holic rock­star who jump-starts the ca­reer of a ta­lented young woman.

After an­other sell-out con­cert, Jack­son Maine (Bradley Cooper) finds him­self in a drag bar where he is cap­ti­vated by Ally (Lady Gaga) singing La Vie En Rose.

By day Ally works in a restau­rant and she has al­most given up on a ca­reer in mu­sic.

She sings the love­struck rocker a song she has writ­ten and con­fides she has never sung her own songs on stage be­cause peo­ple in the mu­sic in­dus­try have told her she is ‘not pretty enough’ to be a star.

The next day, Jack­son sends his pri­vate jet to take her to his next con­cert.

He per­suades Ally to sing her song on stage with him and the per­for­mance be­comes the spring­board for her ca­reer and their in­evitable ro­mance.

Jack­son is a gruff mu­si­cian with a tragic past, while Ally is a vi­va­cious pow­er­house who knows how to look after her­self and she can­not be­lieve her luck in at­tract­ing the fa­mous mu­si­cian.

Cooper and Lady Gaga por­tray their char­ac­ters with en­ergy and the con­vinc­ing in­ti­macy of a play­ful lov­ing cou­ple.

How­ever, the ro­mance fal­ters as Ally’s suc­cess mir­rors her lover’s de­scent into al­co­hol and drug ad­dic­tion and their char­ac­ters fall short of any mean­ing­ful in­sight into ‘the rise and fall of fame’.

With a run­ning time of more than two hours, the movie out­stays its wel­come and ends with less emo­tional weight than was clearly in­tended.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

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