A Star Is Born (3/3 Hats)

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Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Just saw “A Star Is Born” – Thrice Is Right. Conclusion: 8/10. Remade for a third time, what A Star Is Born lacks in originality, it largely makes up for with elegance. Not to be overlooked, the movie’s lone original contribution, its soundtrack, is simply divine. Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a fading musician who discovers and later falls in love with a stymied artist, Ally (Lady Gaga). Eventually, Jackson is able to wheedle Ally on-stage at one of his concerts, and from there, it’s clear her talent will take her quite far – as the movie’s title suggests. Cooper, who is also the director, wisely begins to fade his role in the movie as hers starts to shine. Indeed, dualities are used ably throughout the movie. However, the middle part is where the narrative starts to struggle. Things move in a very point-to-point manner and it feels like an obligatory exercise to link what is an otherwise quite strong opening and closing to the film. When Cooper just slows down and lets the main character’s relationship take its course, the film works at its best. It’s in these moments and in the music that Lady Gaga is able to prove why she is the absolute best part of this movie. Her vulnerability and her charm lets the movie hit so many of its major emotional moments out of the park. It is a tall ask, but she and Cooper often remind us why we love and come back to so many of these familiar themes in the first place. #Threemake #OnlyTheGoodDieHung #BlackoutJack #DontBeSuchADrag #UpndownGirl #CoachellaAlly #DaftDrunk #GunsNNoses #MaineAttraction


Adam Says Hats Off:

Saw, A Star Is Born: Maybe It’s Time to Let The Old Ways Die

Rating as follows:
Total: 8.1/10
Cinematography (1.7): 1.5
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.4
Writing (1.5): 1.1
Entertainment Factor (1.2): 1.0
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 1.0
Best Category – Acting (1.0): 0.9
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.7
Character Development (0.5): 0.3
Overall Message (0.4): 0.2

A star is born literally with Lady Gaga’s performance in this film. She was magnificent! She was a bit of a question mark for me heading into this movie. I thought that Bradley Cooper would probably carry the film, but it was definitely on her back. Cooper was good, but Gaga was the star. The music was great as well. This movie felt like La La Land mixed with Walk the Line (Johnny Cash movie), with the music taking a key role throughout the film. I had a few nitpicks with things that I didn’t like – such as how the signature song “Shallow” came together early on, and the middle portion of the film meandered a bit – but those are pretty forgivable. What you get is a strong, emotional tale of love and a rise to fame and all the struggle that comes with both. All in all, was very entertained by A Star Is Born and highly recommend heading to the theater so you can get the full effect of the music.

#GagaForGaga #NoseGoes #CooperStation #YoureBeingABitOfADrag


Austinn Says Hats Off:

‘A Star Is Born’: Banking on Ally (9/10)

I know a movie is great when it makes me cry. And I cried twice, so…. Lady Gaga does a great job in her role, as does Bradley Cooper in his. The writing feels mostly genuine, and although it’s a pretty long movie, the plot moves along at a good pace. The music is fantastic and emotional throughout. I was not prepared for how intense this movie is, but I love it for that. I had a couple problems with some of the editing of the music performances, and there were some cliched plot points, but overall, it’s very well done. #youdontknowJack #whatareyoudrinkingabout #peasonmyhandbutdontcallmeapeahand #theshallows #songwriteribarelyknowher

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