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Producer(s) : Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor

Starring : Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott

Genre : Romance/Musical

Release Date : October 5, 2018 (Nigeria)

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Revue of A STAR IS BORN ” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]A Star Is Born is a remake of the 1976 classic of the same name, that starred Barbra Streisand. In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper is a seasoned musician (Jackson Maine) who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

It’s amazing how talented Bradley Cooper is! I was blown away by his directorial debut and even his singing abilities. It’s no mean feat that he has been Oscar nominated four times but I think this is the film that will finally clinch the Academy award for him. Let me breakdown the highlights of A Star Is born:

The Music: Lady Gaga gave one of her most powerful music performance and Bradly matched her tone for tone. My favorite song off the album must be The Shallows which was such a ridiculously emotional song. Even I’ll never love again almost made hard man like me start crying in the cinema but I stayed strong…

The Acting: Gaga and Bradley were so perfect together that you get so immersed in their performance that they no longer seem like actors but real characters. Yes, the chemistry was that good.

Directing: It’s hard to believe that this is Bradley Coopers directorial debut because this movie was so perfectly executed. He chose eerie silence rather than score the whole film and this silence kept the audience on edge like an ominous cloud of darkness that was about to befall the ill-fated lovers. I also liked the simplicity in the shots and direction which weren’t convoluted but just so easy to follow.

A Star Is Born is a tear jerker where Gaga gives a performance of a lifetime and Bradley Cooper shines in front and behind the camera. This is definitely an Academy (Oscar) contender and I cannot recommend this film enough- but I must warn that if you aren’t into slow-burners, then this may not be the film for you. If you do get to see A Star Is Born, please let me know what you think in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Producer(s) : Laurence Mark, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping

Starring : Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya

Genre : Musical/Drama

Release Date : December 24, 2017

Score : John Debney & Joseph Trapanese

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Here’s my two cents on the movie that’s got everybody who has seen it, talking. The movie highlighted the ‘from nothing to something’ life and career of circus pioneer, Phineas Taylor Barnum. The plot is a basic one with no depth and was predictable – son of a tailor who rose to become a show business icon (climax of the movie) and then lost it all in one swoop but recovered with the help of friends and family. *Yawns* c’mon Hollywood!

But then, despite the not so novel plot this film was so attractive and enjoyable!  The songs put together by the songwriting team of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and their ten songs tracklist (currently Billboard No. 1)  might have cluttered the screen but it was the most enjoyable thing about this movie. I am also positive that the audience appreciated that the songwriting duo took into consideration the fact that not everybody is a fan of classical music as almost all the songs were classical verses paired with more contemporary choruses.

The cast in my opinion, was perfect. Hugh Jackman could do no wrong as Barnum and the choice of Zac Efron as Philip was a good one considering his performance in high school musical. Zendaya came through in her duet with Zac for the song ‘rewrite the stars’ and the role of the Swedish songbird Jenny Lind was played by Rebecca Ferguson although her powerful vocals for the song ‘never enough’ was belted by The Voice US runner up – Loren Allred.

Everything said, this is a feel-good movie and I will rate it 7/10.  5 for the songs, 1 for the cast and 1 for everything else.

I will recommend that you go see The Greatest Showman and I dare go out on a limb to say we have an Oscar winner here. Get your cheap cinema tickets HERE.  I am curious to hear what you have to say so feel free to hit me up on Twitter and Facebook

Review by Okwy @JaneTweetsOk

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Main Cast : Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Ian Mckellen

Genre : Romance/Fantasy/Drama

Release Date : March 17, 2017

Music Director : Alan Menken

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I haven’t always liked the ideology behind the Beauty and the Beast story. I always see it as how fickle a woman can be. “No matter how a man looks, as long as he is rich and can give a woman what she wants, she’ll fall for him”. Afterall Belle loved books and the Beast did give her books…lots of books!.

I don’t want to go into the story of the movie as we all know it, a spell was cast on a prince who was without love turning him into a gruesome beast…the sorceress then gave him a red rose and told him that by the time the last petal falls, if he has not found someone to love and who will love him in return, he will remain a beast forever.

The movie itself was lovely, I use the word ‘lovely’ very carefully because that is what it was; not amazing or scintillating just ‘Lovely’. I had a smile on my face throughout except when I was laughing really hard. There was a lot of humour in the movie. The Candle, the clock, Mrs Pots, Gaston and Lafou (I love Josh Gad!!).

The acting was okay, the effects were okay. I expected much more though, it seemed the movie was kind of forced; as though they tried too hard. Emma as Belle didn’t really impress me at all….she wasn’t as princessy, because I recall Belle to be a very dreamy young woman who lived in her books. I wished they had used a fresh young face….someone new to portray Belle.

The Beast came off as almost handsome in some scenes (probably trying to make him more lovable). Oh! and the singing wasn’t half bad.

Altogether I give the movie 6/10…It was good but not good enough but I am sure Disney is going to make a truck load of money. We should all see it (it’s Beauty and the Beast afterall). You can get your tickets by clicking here and saving yourself the hassle of joining a queue.

Revue contribution by Ada @adanne_a

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Producer : Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt

Cast : Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

Genre : Musical/Drama

Release Date : 9 November 2016

Music Director : Justin Hurwitz

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I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of musicals, I have always been like that. I know I am going to get some stick for saying this, but as a kid I didn’t like “Sound of Music”. I could not understand why these people would just burst into song instead of kicking but like Rambo and Commando.

You see ehn, I am not one to join in bandwagonery (is that even a word?) by endorsing a movie simply because everyone said it was great and it’s nominated for plenty Oscars, but I will tell you this; La La Land was art. Agreed I am not be a fan of musicals but I recognize hard work and artistry when I see it.  I can only imagine the countless hours of rehearsals of the singing and dance choreography but the end result was fantastic!

The characters of Mia & Sebastian shared some really nice chemistry and their singing wasn’t exceptional but it was decent. I am a jazz head, so the music was pleasing to me and John Legends rendition was splendid and the retro culture touch was the icing on the cake for old timers like me.

Other than the singing, I enjoyed the symmetry in the way the movie was shot. The scenes were shot in a way that balanced the actors and the LA backdrop and especially THAT sunrise scene made a dude feel all warm inside. The climax of the movie felt real, because we can all relate.

La La Land will tickle your musical bones and keep you swooning as you fall in love with the characters. You are not going to see a better musical in a while so it earns an 8.3/10 score on my awesome-o-metre.

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