A STAR IS BORN

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Film Reviews -

★★★★★ (15)

A STAR is re­born in the third re­make of the rags-to-riches fairy tale, which orig­i­nally starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.

The 21st-cen­tury twin­kling doesn’t em­anate from pop chameleon turned award-win­ning ac­tor Lady Gaga, who is un­de­ni­ably lu­mi­nous as a naive and vul­ner­a­ble in­genue rock­et­ing into the mu­si­cal fir­ma­ment.

No, the film’s reti­nasear­ing ball of light is Bradley Cooper as her griz­zled men­tor and lover. The lead­ing man nes­tles con­fi­dently into the di­rec­tor’s chair for his de­but fea­ture but he truly daz­zles in front of the cam­era, drenched in the sweat and self­loathing of a booze­soaked show­man who is stag­ger­ing to­wards the precipice of obliv­ion.

Screen chem­istry be­tween the two leads is molten and you can al­most feel the heat in breath­lessly chore­ographed bed­room scenes.

Lady Gaga as Ally and Bradley Cooper as Jack­son Maine

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