Movie Review – A Star Is Born

Last week I bitterly complained about the lack of chemistry between the cast of Little Women. It was pretty much a dog of a movie.

This week, A Star Is Born had so much chemistry I expected a huge on screen explosion — and that’s what I got. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga together created an unforgettable masterpiece that will stand the test of time, along with Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, and Joaquin Phoenix in Walk The Line — my personal favorite.

I want to add that the R rating for this movie might be a little extreme. Other than scenes of drug and alcohol abuse, and the F bomb being frequently dropped, I think a PG-13 would have been more appropriate. I see more alcohol and drug abuse in the parking lot of my local ‘big box’ store, so don’t let the R rating keep you away from enjoying one of the best movies of the decade.

One complaint I do have, and this is true of so many movies today, is the frequently unintelligible dialog between Cooper and Gaga. Bradley’s gravely voice — and the background music, even as great as it was — did leave me scratching my head at times. But I will say this; under Bradley’s direction, dialog took a back seat to the emotions we saw in the eyes of the ill-fated couple. That said it all.

I’ve always enjoyed Lady Gaga, and respected her personal style, but this movie took her talents to a whole different level. I see an Oscar nod in her future and just as importantly, an Oscar nod for Cooper’s directorial debut.

Grade: A

About the Peetimes: Runpee Mom and I worked together on this movie; it was difficult to do. Between the 2 of us, we narrowed down the Peetimes to these 3. We decided against any times that involved the songs. There is character development from start to finish, but feel that these times were the ones that would keep you with the flow and feel of the movie.

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