MAD ABOUT MOVIES A Star Is Born

Khaleej Times - City Times - - BUZZAROUNDTOWN - david@khalee­j­times.com DAVID LIGHT

NEED WE SAY any­thing more about this one? With rave re­views and su­perla­tive –laden talk show ap­pear­ances by stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga pour­ing in from all four cor­ners of the world, the gen­er­a­tional movie that never fails to hit is about to be­come a hit again right here in the UAE. Okay, given this coun­try’s pen­chant for Bol­ly­wood, it’s not a def­i­nite home­run, but there is no way you’re not cu­ri­ous, right?

A Star Is Born isn’t our typ­i­cal fare, but even we’re go­ing to strap in for the ride. If it was good enough for Judy Gar­land and Bar­bara Streisand, who starred in two of the pre­vi­ous three ver­sions of the pic­ture in the ‘50s and ‘70s re­spec­tively, it’s good enough for us. The story is sim­ple enough. Cooper (who also di­rects) plays the some­what washed-up rock mu­si­cian Jack­son Maine who dis­cov­ers un­known singer-song­writer Ally in a pi­ano bar and de­cides to launch her ca­reer. As his fame is on the wane and hers is on the rise, how will their re­la­tion­ship de­velop? Will it re­main men­tor-ap­pren­tice in na­ture, or will ro­man­tic feel­ings de­velop and be­come strained when the in­ter­per­sonal dy­namic evolves? Rot­ten toma­toes gives it 91% trivia: Bey­once was orig­i­nally ru­moured to play ally

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