A Star Is Born Might Actually Be Fantastic
It has all the makings of an awful ego trip: the directorial debut of an actor, a remake of a remake of a remake, co-starring a musician with little (but not zero!) acting experience. So colour me impressed that Bradley Cooper‘s A Star Is Born is not only not awful, but apparently really, really good, based on the buzz out of the festival circuit.
A Star Is Born had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Cooper, who stars and also co-wrote the screenplay with Will Fetters and Eric Roth, it’s nominally a remake of the 1937 Technicolor classic.
The new A Star Is Born actually has more in common with the 1976 take — the second remake, for those keeping score at home — which shifted the action from acting to music, and starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
This time around Cooper stars in the role as the mega-famous country music star who takes Lady Gaga‘s wannabe songwriter he takes under his wing and into his bed.
The film received a standing ovation at Toronto, reportedly bringing Gaga to tears. It has apparently won over even the most cynical film hacks, expecting a catastrophic car crash and finding a dazzling, sincere and successful work about art and romance.
Don’t just take my word for it, however. The final word regarding the surprisingly high quality of A Star Is Born, and its award hopes, should go to the guy who DJed the TIFF afterparty.
“If you know what movie’s gonna win some Oscars make some motherfucking noise!” shouts the DJ at the Star Is Born after-party
— kateyrich (@kateyrich) September 10, 2018
A Star Is Born also stars Sam Elliott, Dave Chapelle and Andrew Dice Clay (sure!). Musician Halsey reportedly has a cameo, and real-life California rock group Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real appear as the backing band of Cooper’s character.
A Star Is Born will step into the spotlight on October 5 2018.