Bradley Cooper's Directorial Debut Is, Naturally, Nearly Perfect

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"That's the best thing about being able to make a movie, is you get to cast the movie", Cooper said. To be honest I am a little bit shocked how good this is. Maybe... You'll have to listen and find out!

The second half of "A Star Is Born", drifts intentionally into a gut punch of alcoholism, substance abuse, fame, family, insecurity, mansplaining and a dog that you will always remember.

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It's the directorial debut for Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"). But this is Gaga's gala, a rousing coming-out party for her acting career - she's stripped down (no meat dresses), authentic and vulnerable.

But Jackson isn't ready to let it go, and he sends his driver to whisk her away from the restaurant floor and onto the stage at his next concert, where they sing their first duet. Later that night, she surprises him by making up a song about him on the spot.

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"I was nervous, especially at the beginning, and of course you feel the pressure of living up to expectations when the stakes are pretty high", she told This is only a start for another round for Lady Gaga and me. Another highlight before the actual film was a mini-biopic of Gaga's career during the previews, presumably for the heteros who don't follow her every move, since we learned nothing new. It also hints at the personal demons faced by Cooper's country rocker Jackson Maine.

Charlie is in a handful of emotional scenes through out the movie, and Cooper told People earlier this month that in the movie Jack and Ally don't have children, but Charlie is "part of their story", in a way a that a child would be. This time Jackson is not only smitten, he's lost himself to her. Jackson's sudden presence in her life is a freight train that sweeps her up and out and straight into the stars. She is so in control that she can make a tear come out of one eye. Imperfect, silly, beautiful, and heartbreaking all at the same time, these two are meant for each other in the saddest ways. From the outside, Bowie had it all in 1975: He was the toast of Los Angeles, the biggest music star of the decade, who had just finished filming his first starring movie role in The Man Who Fell to Earth, and he was about to embark on a world tour. Cooper acknowledges the prior films without stealing from them; fans of that version will appreciate what they see here.

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As Ally soars to super stardom status, Jackson falls deeper into depression. He doesn't seem to realize his drug use already does that. It invites more people to the party than Birdman did, even if just through cursory nods. At the end of the song (chills) Jack is visibly captivated by Ally's vocal ability, as well as her star quality, which is teeming and apparent. Gaga has said before that, growing up, she struggled with being made fun of for her appearance, and her character Ally experiences these same problems and learns how to overcome them in the movie. There's so much going on in this film, and the fact that Cooper is able to weave all of these emotionally potent threads into such a heartrendingly lovely tapestry is a triumph.

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