Hot Take: The chemistry of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga carry this vanity project which should get some Oscar buzz.
It seems as if most big actors, at some point, want to write and/or direct. So, it should come as no surprise to see Bradley Cooper take on all three roles with A Star Is Born. Sure, it’s a remake of a 1937 classic which was already remade twice over (starring Judy Garland in 1954 and Barbara Streisand in 1976) and all three previous iterations have fared very well with the Academy. When Cooper chose this as his first film, it was at the very least a smart choice though a poor showing would have brought more criticism considering how successful the previous versions were. The choice of Lady Gaga was also a smart one as the main character and Gaga share some similarities and the charismatic music star was meant to be on the big screen. Even if you want to be overly critical of Cooper’s decision to take a stab at writing and directing with a fourth generation version of a timeless tale, the end result makes it difficult if near impossible to roast one of today’s top performers for what essentially is a vanity project from the four time Academy Award nominee. A Star Is Born is quite good and nails the modernization of the story. It should hang around long enough to make a little noise at the Oscars, too, with at least one guaranteed nomination for Best Original Song for Cooper and Gaga’s duet.Read More →