Two stars shine here, says Rashid Irani in review of A Star is Born
Apart from performing most of their songs live on camera, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper share a sizzling on-screen chemistry.mumbai Updated: Oct 11, 2018 16:12 IST
She’s a multiple-Grammy-winning pop diva. But does Lady Gaga have the dramatic range to portray the complex character alluded to in the title? Likewise, can actor Bradley Cooper, a three-time Oscar nominee, marshal his storytelling skills to fashion a notable directorial debut?
- Direction: Bradley Cooper
- Actors: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper
- Rating: 3.5/5
Happily the answer to both these questions is a resounding yes. The story of the often-filmed bittersweet romance is familiar. An aspiring young songstress (Lady Gaga) pulls out all the stops as her career blossoms under the mentorship of an ageing, alcoholic Country-and-Western rocker (Bradley Cooper). Next, the hard-drinking superstar’s career rapidly nosedives even as his protégé rockets to stardom.
Not surprisingly, the couple’s tumultuous relationship suffers a further setback with the love of her life fighting an ongoing battle with addiction, depression and a self-destructive streak. Despite her inevitable sell-out to the soul-sapping music industry, their love remains constant to the very end.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper share sizzling on-screen chemistry apart from performing most of their songs live on camera.
An emotional roller-coaster, the updated A Star Is Born heralds the birth of two major entertainers: actor-writer-director-singer Bradley Cooper and the truly astonishing Lady Gaga.
First Published: Oct 11, 2018 16:11 IST