They should just throw every Oscar at it and call it a day. A really fantastic film, emotionally haunting and absolutely stunning acted. The songs were perfectly performed and put in scene. Its natural without the typical Hollywood kitsch or cliche. Its honest and makes you think. All in all a big winner.
Bradley Cooper is absolutely STUNNING in the lead role. I am not sure what else will come out to beat that performance. Yes, he is all that. A fine actor generally but this is his role of his life, this is what will in the future define him. Such a troubled character, that easily could have been overdone, but he found literarily every right note to portray it.
Lady Gaga is also great, and one of the better examples of singer-turned-actor. She wonderfully developed Ally and becomes her from the first to the last second even if her character changes so much that its totally different in the end. Yes, it somehow shows the parallels to her own personality and life, how she developed in becoming the pop icon she is . When she sang "Shallows" the first time, it was one of those cinematic moments that will always be remembered. A great performance, I had my doubts, but they were shredded. Oh and if that is not enough, there is Sam Elliott who puts a lot of heart and soul to the film. Finally a performance this great actor deserves and that surely will leave some mark this award season. All his scenes are brilliantly performed and its such a deep and natural performance. The songs are wonderful, the look and editing is just great. The screenplay is very good. There were little lengths in the second third of the film but it never dragged thanks to the fantastic direction by Bradley Cooper. A film that wowed me... drove me emotionally crazy and will have a spot in my heart for a long time.
Dear Mr. Cooper, this was just your first directional effort, I simply cannot wait for your next. You know how to portray a film naturally without any fake melodramatic nonsense. Excellent.
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