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Outstanding recreation of key aspects of the Mumbai attack, with a particular focus on the unfolding tragedy and courage at the Taj Hotel. As a counterterrorism student/scholar, I was transfixed by how real this all felt. What audiences will find surprising is the general naïveté and callous/childlike disregard for human lives, values and dignity by the attackers. I would encourage anyone who disagrees with the movies point of view in this regard, go on YouTube and find the video tape of the interrogation of sole remaining terrorist survivor of the attack by Indian authorities. He precisely mirrors what is depicted in the movie.
Seamless integration of an outstanding score and tight script; surpassingly wonderful remake of a timeless classic. The chemistry between Lady GAGA and Bradley Cooper makes the movie more than special. Sam Elliott alone is worth the price of admission...his summation of "12 notes between any two octaves" speech is an awesome piece of script work. And of course above all else, Bradley Cooper's directorial debut is a smashing success and portends even greater things from him in the future. I can only hope that we will one day see Cooper and GAGA teamed up again. One recommendation: watch the Judy Garland / James Mason version before you watch this one (hopefully on a big screen) to understand the complete set of twists and turns behind Bradley Cooper's much tighter but in some ways less understandable script...and oh by the way, don't waste your time on the Streisand/Kristofferson version...just envision chest hair and listen to Streisand sing Evergreen and you will not have to waste your time watching Streisand's over the top Hollywood Diva performance.