Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
For a directorial debut, A Star Is Born is a nothing short of a sterling effort from Bradley Cooper who delivers a slick and well made film with two cracking central performances from himself and Lady GaGa. But Cooper’s direction is also part of the films biggest issue. It lacks control as it becomes clear he has great affection for GaGa the performer and it’s at the point when she morphs from waitress to superstar that you stop believing it’s a character as she belts through songs in the most Lady Gaga was possible. Every-time she sings it rips you away from the film and by the closing track you just kinda want her to stop. There’s gold here for sure but it’s a film that could have benefited from a tighter run time and a more control over his lead actress.
Best Bit: GaGa is very good
Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: A Star Is Born, Dreamgirls, Crazy Heart