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A Star Is Born (2018) - 3 Stars for great performances and music but the tempo is just too slow


"A Star is Born", over the years, has been done four times with a big budget production since William Wellman's original 1937 version.


And each version over the years is worse than the one before. Except for the fact that Bradley Cooper's effort is better than the 1976 Barbara Streisand version, the pattern continues. To compare the Cooper's 2018 version to Wellman's movie featuring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March is unfair. And to compare it to George Cukor's "Star is Born" starring Judy Garland and James Mason is again too much to ask. With this being said, Cooper did a good job directing Lady Gaga. He also brought a performance that might be one of his best in his career. However the movie drags on too long as the editing could have helped keep the scenes shorter and sharper. Although we might not have had the performances, we would have been able to watch it from beginning to the end without having moments of losing interest. The performances of Lady Gaga, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Cooper are not the only reasons to watch this film, Sam Elliott is another reason to check this movie out if you haven't already; he is excellent as the older brother to Cooper's character.


Finally, the music in this film brings up the level of its rating. Lady Gaga shares the Oscar for Best Original Song, "Shallow".