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Barbra Streisand's fantastic singing voice shows to the best advantage her incredible talent. The movie falls short of greatness, but it compares more than favorably not only with the usual concert film but also with the current love stories on film.
The new A Star Is Born has the rare distinction of being a superlative remake.
This version vaunts its modernity by vulgarising everything in sight.
A transistorized remake, louder than ever, but very small in terms of its being about anything whatsoever.
We can't feel a thing between Kristofferson and Streisand. We don't sense any chemistry, we don't know why these two people are drawn to each other and why they should be important to each other.
Gloriously over the top, lurid, self-obsessed; it's no surprise I've developed a liking for this. Kristofferson absolutely holds the narrative together, bringing a sense of realism even within this crazy world; Streisand's performances are showstopping.
I swear, I meant to roll my eyes; yet as the stage lights faded and swelled, I found myself starting to cry instead.
The movie's basic problem is that we simply cannot believe that Streisand and Kristofferson are in the throes of a passionate love affair.
This is a fairly good, though overlong, film.
The dialogue is surpassingly mawkish, and Barbra Streisand's performance is a non-stop aria of self-regarding cuteness. In short, A Star Is Born is a real stinkeroo which wastes a potentially good idea.
A dreary and bloated production that can't sustain its 140-minute running time (the 1954 version is even longer at 176 minutes, but it feels like a live-action short when compared to this one).
While in its romantic and romanticized particulars, this A Star Is Born can often seem silly, hoary, disjointed or meandering, the essence of the showbiz narrative still exerts a powerful pull... [Blu-ray]
Barbra Streisand is bizarrely miscast and has no chemistry whatsoever with Kris Kristofferson, which makes it baffling to see a movie so completely lost about what it is doing, as it can't even realize that its two singing characters would never have the same public in real life.
After one remake, they decided to redo A Star is Born for a second time in the seventies and ended up with crud. Utterly barfy.
Very good movie. As always Barbara Streisand has a phonoemenal voice and despite Kris Kristostofferson's hairyness and his drug and alchohol abuse it was a very good movie.
Barbra sings like an angel but this is a crass vulgar shadow of the classic Judy version. Stick with that one
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