A Star Is Born is more sketches of a movie instead of a movie. It was like watching actors in acting school: here’s the intro bar scene, here’s the big conflict scene etc. Each of these scenes works on its own, but one scene to another is pieced together in a forced, inorganic manner. There is no natural flow to the movie.
Worse, “A Star Is Born” to me is supposed to be about a latent talent finding her voice. Lady Gaga is clearly a star from scene 1 — which makes the film fail its entire premise. There is no “birth” to be found. Indeed, the perfection of her singing is a major part of what is wrong with this picture. She’s never anything short of a pro.
More bad stuff: she’s got no character flaws. Even her husband has only one. It’s not exactly tricky screenwriting to put in a character flaw or two. Lady Gaga’s character is perfect in all ways — which besides being unrealistic, is a little boring.
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I do marginally recommend A Star Is Born on the strength of Lady Gaga’s absolutely sublime songs and singing, and very good acting. Her character is completely endearing, and I see an Oscar nod in the offing. Bradley Cooper’s performance is strong as well, unlike his story development.
So to conclude… A Star Is Born is a borderline disaster with Lady Gaga’s performance as its saving grace. I would much rather watch 2 hours of Lady Gaga on stage. I guess there’s a way to do that called going to a concert. 6/10