A Star Is Born ★★★

It’s just... fine.

I was actually listening to a panel of screenwriters recently and someone asked the question “what makes a film boring?” The consensus was pretty much when the story was going through plot points that are obligatory rather than earned. I felt like this here concerning everything after that first “Shallow” performance. It comes off as an elongated montage that doesn’t seem as interested in what’s happening in the present and is focused on that final stinger, which ends up cheapening it for me.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy aspects of the film. Some of the performances (both musical and acting) were pretty good and the cinematography is really great (that lightning is awesome!). It just seems like Bradley Cooper is trying so hard with his directorial debut and it’s not difficult to notice that exertion manifest on-screen, which isn’t particularly a good thing.

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