Barbra Streisand Has Only Seen Some of Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born and She Likes It

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Barbra Streisand, star of the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, says she’s only seen the beginning of the new Bradley Cooper one, and guess what? That’s fine.

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“Bradley did show me the opening,” she told the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman, per Vulture. “I loved how he used the drag bar. I thought that was new and interesting. What I’ve seen of the film I really liked.” She added, “I was surprised by how similar it was to my version.”

Indeed, the first part of the film is great. Act one, culminating with “Shallow,” is perfect, amazing, spectacular, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it. Everything else after it is honestly all downhill.

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This may be the best way to consume a movie: watch only the best parts and never finish it.

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The second half of A Star Is Born was not at all downhill. In fact some of the most moving scenes are in the final stretch. And “I’ll Never Love Again” is a pretty fantastic ballad - still don’t know why they didn’t include “Before I Cry” at any point to counter the (wrong) narrative that Ally only wrote bad pop songs.

I think the problem people have with the second half of A Star Is Born is that the second half of all versions of A Star Is Born are necessarily not as thrilling as the first half. It’s just the nature of the beast. If anything Cooper has improved things. James Mason and Judy Garland just get put through the ringer for the last hour of her version and while I love a good dramatic scene it gets to be a lot on top of a three hour film.

Though there isn’t a dog at least.