The first-time director's grasp of pacing could be improved and the overlong movie can't quite sustain the energy and charm of its sensational start. But this is a durable tale of romance, heady fame and crushing tragedy, retold for a new generation with heart and grit.
Taken on its own terms as an unashamedly anachronistic attempt to muster the emotional intensity of the Hollywood melodrama tradition, Cooper’s film must be at least grudgingly acknowledged as a success.
Producer: Bradley Cooper, Robert J. Dohrmann, Bill Gerber
Writer: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters
Release Date: Oct 5, 2018
Runtime: 2hr 15m
Bradley Cooper takes over the director’s chair for the first time with this fresh take on the iconic tale of eclipsing fame and fortunes. A seasoned musician named Jackson Maine (Cooper) falls in love with a struggling singer named Ally (Lady Gaga) and ushers her into the spotlight. But as her dreams of stardom finally start to come true and her popularity rises, their relationship begins to buckle under the strain of Jack’s own demons. The film also stars Sam Elliot, Dave Chappelle, and Andrew Dice Clay.
This is the fourth version of A Star Is Born to be released since in 1937. All the music in the film is original and was recorded live. For this, her first leading role in a movie, Lady Gaga performs songs she wrote with Bradley Cooper and artists including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson.
Andrew Dice Clay
D.J. 'Shangela' Pierce
Did You Know?
Beyonc?, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kesha, Rihanna, Janelle Mon?e and Esperanza Spalding were all rumored to play the role of Ally.