Granger at the Movies: ‘A Star is Born,’ ‘Colette,’ ‘Venom’

 

The Oscar race is officially on with this contemporary version of “A Star Is Born.” Bradley Cooper stars as charming Jackson Maine, a country rock star, plagued by alcohol/drug addiction, coupled with hearing loss. On night, in need of a drink after leaving a gig, Jackson stumbles into a drag bar, where he watches Ally (Lady Gaga), a wannabe-but-insecure singer/songwriter, warbling Edit Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Their chemistry instantly ignites. Later, when Jackson brings Ally to one of his concerts, he summons her onstage, where the audience instantly responds to her subtle yet sensational, natural artistry. Predictably, their romantic relationship becomes rocky when her career trajectory soars to superstardom, just as his declines. As part of her record deal Ally’s British manager (Rafi Gavron) insists that she discard her makeup-free, down-to-earth persona and assume a glitzy pop star image. Making his directorial debut, Cooper filmed at actual music festivals (Stagecoach, Glastonbury, Coachella), where they both sang live, instead of lip-syncing to prerecorded tracks. Granger at the Movies: ‘A Star is Born,’ ‘Colette,’ ‘Venom’

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