I would like to preface this review by saying that I have not seen either of the first two films of the same name, so this review is based solely on my opinion of the current version of "A Star is Born" starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
A quick overview, "A Star is Born" is the story of an alcoholic country singer who falls for an average girl who has an incredible talent. He pushes her out of her comfort zone and, well, a star is born! Of course they also fall in love and the movie takes the "tragic love story" to new levels (bring your tissues).
Okay, so, overall, I am giving this film and 8 out of 10.
To start on the good: Lady Gaga's talent is undeniable. The woman belts out a note and the goosies take over immediately, and if that was not enough of a blessing, she is also a pretty darned good actor. Two thumbs up Lady Gaga!
Bradley Cooper on the other hand...actually, they go in the same hand here. The man apparently had six months of voice training, and guitar and piano lessons prior to filming and you would think he's been a musician his entire life. Plus, the guy has really come into his own as an actor AND he also produced the film and directed for the first time! If I had cowboy hat, I'd take it off to you Mr. Cooper!
Now the two major problems I had with this film: Number 1, the story moves at such a rapid pace that it is a little hard to keep up. The back story is rushed and you have to rely on brief mentions in different conversations to pick up on why Cooper is an alcoholic in the first place. At one point Dave Chappelle shows up and I was like, wait, who is he? How does he know him? Were the first two films like this???
Second, and maybe, a little more a problem for me personally, but there were times when I could not understand Cooper's low-talking, southern? (he is from Arizona in the film), kind of mumbley accent AND because my husband speaks English as a second language, I had zero hope of him catching those lines!!! Ugh!!!
Two cool side notes: Andrew Dice Clay plays Gaga's limo-driving father and he and his band of fellow drivers offer some cute little comic relief. Also, the great Robert DeNiro's daughter and grandchild are in the film (though ever-so briefly) as Chappelle's wife and kid!
Anyway, there's my two cents. In a nutshell, a few glitches, but definitely worth a watch!