Star shines bright, liv­ing up to the hype

South Western Times - - Entertainment -

MOVIE RE­VIEW

A Star is Born Rated: M Re­view: Cal­lum Hunter Rat­ing: 8/10

Past ex­pe­ri­ence has taught me that when a movie is hyped up and plugged and ad­ver­tised absolutely ev­ery­where be­fore its re­lease date, it’ll be rub­bish.

But, twice in a row now that logic has failed me — first with Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri and now again with A Star is Born.

I’m a fan of Bradley Cooper and was cu­ri­ous to see how Lady Gaga would go act­ing, but as time went on and ad­ver­tis­ing ramped up I grew a lit­tle con­cerned.

The con­cern was ill-founded though as this movie is a cracker.

Cooper plays sea­soned mu­si­cian Jack­son Maine who dis­cov­ers and falls in love with strug­gling artist Ally (Gaga), who has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer.

Maine coaxes her into the spot­light, but as Ally’s ca­reer takes off, the per­sonal side of their re­la­tion­ship breaks down as Jack fights an on­go­ing bat­tle with his own in­ter­nal demons.

Cooper is as good as ever, al­most steal­ing the show if it wasn’t for Lady Gaga pro­vid­ing some se­ri­ously pow­er­ful bal­lads as well as some de­cent act­ing.

The movie has so much pol­ish — ev­ery­thing seems to have been done prop­erly with no cut cor­ners — Cooper should take a bow for his di­rect­ing (and gui­tar playing).

The plot pro­gresses nicely de­spite a bit of rep­e­ti­tion and heel drag­ging dur­ing a plateau, be­fore an un­ex­pected plot twist shakes the whole thing up with au­di­ble gasps from au­di­ence mem­bers.

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