Print Edition - 2018-09-02  |  Life & Style

Critics hail Lady Gaga in Venice film fest

- REUTERS, VENICE

Sep 2, 2018-

Most of the critics avoided the obvious headline to describe Lady Gaga’s performance in A Star Is Born, but they seemed to agree that the singer showed what it takes to lead a major movie.

For audiences familiar with the pop diva known for high-concept outfits and extraordinary hair and make-up, Gaga is barely recognizable as Ally the girl-next-door who has given up on a music career until she is discovered by grizzled rock star Jackson, played by first-time director Bradley Cooper.

“Gaga completely sheds her pop persona and exhibits a scrubbed-clean, relaxed appeal and a deft balance of toughness and vulnerability,” The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney wrote, in his review, adding that Cooper has “real warmth and a sexy spark in his onscreen chemistry with Gaga that makes their characters’ instant connection believable.”

From noodling on a piano at home, to huge concert scenes filmed for real at Coachella and Glastonbury festivals that Rooney found “electrifying”, the songs were recorded live, putting Gaga’s best-known talent in the spotlight.

Gaga is the third diva to tackle the story and couldn’t possibly have more fabulous shoes to fill: Judy Garland made the original musical version in 1954. The 1976 remake starred none other than Barbra Streisand.

But critics said Gaga soared to the occasion. In his five-star review in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw said, the movie was “outrageously watchable and colossally enjoyable.”

Published: 02-09-2018 08:31

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