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We’ve been excited for A Star Is Born since it was first announced. Though it’s been a long wait, it’s finally here — or at least it is if you’re currently at the Venice Film Festival. The A Star Is Born premiere was met with great acclaim, even with a shocking incident that interrupted the screening.
A Star Is Born stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and the film is Cooper’s directorial debut. The film stars Lady Gaga as Ally, a small-town girl hoping to make it big as a singer. She’s discovered by Cooper, who plays an alcoholic has-been who launches her career.
Following the A Star Is Born premiere, it’s looking like a critical smash hit. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman says it’s “a transcendent Hollywood movie,” The Wrap‘s Alonso Duralde says “Cooper and Lady Gaga are dynamite together” and The Hollywood Reporter‘s David Rooney calls the film “heartfelt and gutsy.”
But much of the praise goes to its star, Lady Gaga. Time‘s Stephanie Zacharek says, “The big question that’s been hovering in the air for months is, Can Lady Gaga act? It’s a ridiculous question. Singers often make fabulous actors. They’re primed for it: All singing is acting. But what’s surprising about Gaga is how charismatic she is without her usual extreme stage makeup, outlandish wigs and inventive costumes … it’s like discovering a new country.”
Zacharek’s not alone. Gleiberman was even more enthusiastic: “Gaga, in an ebullient and winningly direct performance, never lets her own star quality get in the way of the character. Or, rather, she lets us see that star quality is something that lives inside Ally but is still waiting to come out.”
And, as befitting Lady Gaga, the A Star Is Born premiere was not without incident. Not only did Gaga make a spectacular entrance on a water taxi (pictured above), but a lightning bolt hit the theater. The strike caused the projector to blow its bulb, stopping the film for about 20 minutes.