A Star is Born
This is now the third remake of David O Selznick’s 1937 romantic drama, following the 1954 musical with Judy Garland and James Mason and the 1976 rock ‘n’ roll version featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This time round, the role of aspiring ingénue goes to pop superstar du jour Lady Gaga, who knocks it out of the park as the aspiring, but shy, singer-songwriter ‘discovered’ by an older, alcoholic country musician (Bradley Cooper). He instantly falls in love with her. With his help her career rises, just as his begins to fade away… It’s a classic showbiz story and this retelling is far better than some scoffers predicted from the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper. His film won a rapturous reception at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and looks set to be a commercial smash. A ‘sing-along’ version is surely inevitable. On general release from 5 October.