A Star Is Born – (Redux?)

I have an interesting and special history with the Streisand/Kristofferson album “A Star Is Born”. It was one on my first dubbed albums when I was a kid, becoming one of the first albums I would play on my portable tape player when I went to bed.

Pretty sure I have my mother to thank for this album being in the house. She was the Streisand fan. Thanks mom!

I bought it on vinyl again a few years ago:

https://auralretentive.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/first-recordings-a-star-is-born/

and listened to it a couple of times. A bit dated, but it is so imprinted on me that I will always have a soft spot for it. And… it has been remade. Yes. I am now that old.

This time with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

We have tickets to see it tonight. I’m excited to see what they do to it. I have total faith in Lady Gaga, but Bradley Cooper reprising the Kristofferson role should be interesting. I can only seem to see him as the dude from The Hangover. So let’s see if he has the chops. Kristofferson doing “Hellacious Acres” was a favorite from back then. I doubt they will be telling the story exactly the same way. We shall see…

I’ll report back after the movie.

POST MOVIE:

Okay. The story is the same but of course completely different. I guess I should have expected that.

Lady Gaga did great. A singer with a big nose. Well played movie makers.

The biggest surprise was Bradley Cooper playing a mush mouthed drunk with a light in his eye for the love and talent in Lady Gaga. I believed it. He pulled it off. The whole movie worked.

Of course there is a different but similar story to Barbara and Kris’s story, but it was well done. Though for the life of me I can’t recall the end of their movie. May have to find and watch that on again.

Lady Gaga whom I have always considered talented, though maybe not my style, shined and just like when I finally saw Purple Rain and realized what a talent Prince was, I can certainly see the talent beneath the meat suit now. When the two of them were onstage performing it was awesome.

The film is actually (shock) the 4th version of the original 1937 film and directed (his first) by Cooper. It was originally supposed to be a Clint Eastwood film with Beyonce as the lead.

That would have been… different.

Brad and Lady Gaga get thumbs up from me for this film.

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