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|Original title:||A Star Is Born|
|Genre:||Drama, Romance, Music movie|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 135 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
When country superstar Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) heard Ally (Lady Gaga) sing for the first time, it happened to him. He is immediately enchanted not only by the talent of the singer, who so far only performs in small bars. He's ruining her life to the skin and hair, which turns ally's life upside down. On her first date Jackson dragged her on stage to perform one of her self-written songs in front of his fans. And suddenly Ally has a record deal himself and is in the spotlight. Jackson, on the other hand, is struggling more and more with his hearing and alcohol problems. As meteoric as his great love Ally rises, as dramatic he threatens to crash. And so not only the careers of Jackson and Ally, but also their relationship soon face a difficult challenge…
For his directing debut, Bradley Cooper has chosen a story that has been filmed three times since 1937, most recently in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. So now the fourth version of the story is coming into the cinemas - and it's not only visible, but also audible. To say this before all praise: The film is truly not perfect. It's a few minutes too long, the story isn't very original - even if you don't know the previous movies - and some scenes seem a bit exhausting with their improvised character. There is also a scene in which Bradley Cooper exaggerates a little - over acting with a slight foreign shame factor. But in view of the otherwise really very good overall impression, these points of criticism only have a marginal negative impact.
The acting performances are very good by the bench away. Especially Lady Gaga does her thing really great. And not just vocally. The inconspicuous girl from next door, who enchants Jackson first and then the whole world with her musical talent and charisma, is convincing. Bradley Cooper, who with Sam Elliott gets himself a "Ich nuschel in meinen Bart" contest (at least in the original version), brings across - apart from the already mentioned scene - the different facets of his character well. A smart superstar with the hearts of his fans at his feet, Cooper is as credible as a broken alcoholic who threatens to lose more and more control over himself.
A great strength of the film are the songs, most of which were written by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper themselves and recorded live in front of an audience. They are stirring, sometimes very emotional songs, some of which like "The Shallow" get into your ears very quickly. And the great ballad "I'll never love again" is pure goose bumps, whereby Lady Gaga puts a whole palette of feelings into her voice. Just wonderful. As beautiful as the songs as "Evergreen" from the 1976 version are, the makers of the current version have to be highly credited for resisting the temptation to simply use cover versions of these classics. Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" is his very own thing - and that's a good thing.
Not perfect, but right, really good - this is the best way to summarize this remake. Thrilling, emotional, romantic, humorous and deeply sad - just great cinema. And that's clearly one thing: Absolutely worth seeing!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp