When someone says 'Lady Gaga gives the best female performance of the year', it's a spit on Glenn Close's magnificent face. THE WIFE may be patchy and often clumsy in execution, but Close exhibits some of the most devastating facial acting on screen since Nicole Kidman in Birth.
Cooper and Gaga have such a commandingly intense chemistry that burns up the screen, but A Star Is Born doesn't do so much revisionism as repackaging. It's mediocre at best, with the better first half that's completely undermined with a latter half that feels rushed. That said, Gaga has three musical moments that gave me goose-pimple flesh. A natural born performer.
This is how the mental prism of our society works:
15-year old boy having sex - OMG so fucking cool.
15-year old girl having sex - nooo, BBFC, censor this shit.
Controversial, yes, but wholly justified, disarmingly honest exploration of the teenage female psyche and burgeoning sexuality. It braves everything that your dastardly, gutless teenage movies have been circumventing for years, if not since the dawn of time. The Diary of a Teenage Girl grabs the sex issue by the…