Everybody knows Bradley Cooper can act and Lady Gaga can sing. What people don't know is that Cooper can sing and Gaga can act.
They showcase their talents in the latest remake of "A Star is Born," the story of a talented singer named Ally who meets and falls in love with a famous country musician named Jackson Maine. It's love at first sight when he sees her performing "La Vie En Rose" in a drag bar. When he meets her backstage, they go for a drink, and their talents and passions merge to form one of the most realistic romantic couples on screen.
Ally becomes famous through her singing and songwriting abilities, but as her career skyrockets, the same isn't necessarily true for their relationship.
Cooper brilliantly plays Jack in the most far-ranging performance of his career. It is clear from watching "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Sniper" that he can act, but this is the first role in which he combines his musical and acting talents. He can sing just as well as any of the country-music stars you hear on the radio and, apparently, the guy knows his way around a guitar as well. After taking over a year of guitar lessons to prepare for the role, he basically became a country star.
Jack's music on stage makes us forget that its Cooper up there singing and performing "Black Eyes" and "Maybe It's Time."
As amazing as Cooper is, though, Lady Gaga steals the show with both her voice and her eyes. She acts with her eyes in every scene with Cooper, making for a couple with perfect chemistry. When an actor can do that while conveying emotion, that is talent at its finest.
Her performance is her best as well, and it will surely give her more opportunities for acting roles. She has acted in a few things here and there, most notably in "American Horror Story," but this is the first time she was truly able to put her acting talents to the fullest test. And, boy, does she pass.
What's even more impressive is that "A Star is Born" is Cooper's directorial debut. Cooper is clearly a talented director and one who will hopefully make more films in the future.
This is the fourth adaptation of "A Star is Born." It can be easy to shrug off remakes as lazy and uninventive, but this film is anything but that. It's a self-aware film with incredible talent behind it. The acting, music, direction and costume design all shine as some of the best seen on the screen in years.
Best song: "Shallow"
Best scene: Ally's first performance of "Shallow"