Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is a highly refreshing take on a Hollywood classic, bringing it successfully into the modern age, asserts Alissa Wilkinson of Vox. The chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga is electric. They perfectly embody the relationship between an established but fading music star and a young and growing talent. The film focuses on their relationship, playing with deeper themes like the new replacing the old. With romantic drama and big musical parts, A Star Is Born is never boring, offering a wide array of qualities. Moving moments are laced with smart social commentary. All in all, it’s a must-see film.
While A Star Is Born is full of enjoyable moments, the whole narrative is weighed down by the fact that it is clearly a Bradley Cooper vanity project, believes Gary M. Cramer of Salon. Lady Gaga, who shows off great quality, should have been in spotlight more, not him. Flattering shots of him, bear-chested as well as close-ups, show his conceit. He tries too hard to be philosophically deep, watering down the movie’s potential. The romance between the two main characters often lacks conviction and is strongly imbalanced. Cooper seemed to have an image in his head that he unfortunately could not translate to the screen.